This may not be important to you but for me it is the most devastating news in some time. There is a possiblity that Shivaji Satam may quit CID. What, no more ACP Pradyuman?
To help you comprehend the gravity of the situation, let me give you an example. Imagine a match between India and Australia. We are chasing. 18 balls remaining and we need 34 runs. Raina and Dhoni are at the crease. Raina hits a boundary. The crowd goes into a frenzy and then it will happen. A ear-drum blasting “An important boundary for India” by Ravi Shashtri. When the ball cleared the rope, Raina knew it was an important boundary, Dhoni knew it as well. The stadium realised it before creating a sonic boom of their own and the entire nation knew it, silently glued to TV keeping their chips packets untouched and unmoved from their positions. Still, you need that throaty kaboom by Shastri. You are reassured. You are not alone.
Similarly, when you watch CID, you know everything that happens or is going to happen in the show but still you wait. You may even predict the whodunit, five minutes into the show but that is not the purpose. You wait till ACP Pradyuman says “Kuch to gadbad hai”. “Kuch to gadbad hai” defines everything that is CID, the only show that has blurred the thin line between prime-time and crime-time. Without ACP, life won’t be the same.
CID has become a habit. The prime-time slots on Friday and Saturday are religiously followed. Even the re-runs on some weekday mornings or Saturdays aren’t spared and it is the only Indian TV Show that I watch on my LCD apart from Kapil’s performances on Comedy Circus.
So, what is it about CID that makes middle aged men like the author go all emotional about it? I have found fans across the universe and the most unlikely person you may know, will be fan. What is this CID business? How has it become what it has become – Sony TV’s blockbuster which is entertaining viewers since 1998! There will be haters but they don’t know what we know. CID is a comedy worth its weight in gold. Don’t try to be smarter than ACP and his team because frankly my dear, you aren’t.
CID also makes for the best TV show companion when you are having food. I have realised this over a period, it is tough watching TV when you are eating. You can’t watch Tarak Mehta (obviously) or the fakery of Kiron Kher and Karan Johar on various reality shows. You also can’t watch a new movie as there will be an internal conflict between eating and watching. CID is perfect.
What happens in a typical CID episode?
There will be a crime (mostly murder). The case will come to CID or a certain relative of the victim will say, “CID ko call karti hoon” and will go ahead and call them. See, the power of the obvious I told you about. It is already hilarious. Once CID takes over, things get serious. ACP will assign tasks and Daya and Abhijeet will go with their teams to gather evidence.
Now, Daya and Abhijeet are the go-to guys for ACP. Daya, of the bitchslap fame, is the brawns and the muscle of the show. If you are a criminal and are caught by Daya, may your God save you from that sledgehammer of a slap. He will also famously break a door when asked to, by ACP Pradyuman, “Daya, darwaja tod do” (I think they should innovate on how he breaks the door in each episode).
Abhijeet is well, the Rahul Dravid of the show. Nobody ever talks about Abhijeet and he will most likely retire one sad day. They have done horrible things to the character (even created a lookalike terrorist), yet he perseveres.
They are always accompanied by Freddy, who tries to unnecessarily provide humor to an already funny masterpiece.
Once they gather the evidence or severed organs, they will all assemble at Dr. Salunke’s lab, with ACP Pradyuman, who will use all his facial twitches and vigorously rotate his fingers. The more vigorous the rotation the more intense the case will be.
Ah, yes. We also have Dr. Salunke’s technicolor imaginarium or a laboratory where he mixes chemicals as he pleases and once there is a marked change in colour, gives insights which are beyond mortal TV viewers. We also have Dr. Tarika, who completes the classic Kitty-Karamchand template. However instead of saying, “Sir, you are a genius” like Kitty, all she has to do is to pause her own experiments with chemicals and look and admire the genius of Dr. Salunkhe from a distance, when he explains the changing colors or a frozen ear or a hand made paper to the CID team. She also does some startling discoveries like the handmade paper has an embedded logo and hence must be the signature of the victim.
Now this is the part when startling discoveries are made and sensational dialogues are exchanged.
Salunkhe: Murder saadhe baarah baje huaa hai.
Freddy: SAADHE BAARAAH???
ACP: Daya/Abhijeet, iskaa matlab khoon barah baje ke baad huaa hai. Kuch to gadbad hai.
Then they will decode the puzzle, round up the usual suspects, nail the criminals, get back to the office and on to a new case. For 15 years they have been following the same routine. They have got some new actors who are there to replace the legends but sadly the new actors take themselves far too seriously. On air since 1998, nothing ever changes in CID and nothing else matters. CID is about the obvious and the bizarre. For 15 years, they have transcended the source material and created magic on the small screen. They have made me believe that it ain’t over till ACP Pradyuman says “Daya, darwaja tod do.”
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