Some random googling unearthed an old article - an interview with B. P. Singh - with some interesting information. I don't think I'm allowed to post the entire article or the link so I'll just post a little extract with the relevant info.
First, this article is dated Jan 9, 2004 and it says that the show has completed 5 years and is currently in its 6th year. This just adds to the confusion of when the show began.
Second, there is a glaring error in the article. Shivaji Satam's character is identified as ACP Shrikant Patkar for some reason!
Anyway, the interesting info is this:
[quote]Actually, I had made six episodes of the show even before Sony Entertainment Television saw the light of day. Could you elaborate on that?
I had made six episodes in 1986. Sony began in 1994. Going back, I started my career in 1973 in Doordarshan. I was a news camera-man and handled the camera for about 10 years. Thereafter, I started getting an urge to break free. I thought I could see the scenes from a different and maybe better perspective. I asked Doordarshan if they were interested in serialising some detective stories. I started doing some groundwork by meeting some detectives, etc.
I made a film called Sirf Char Din - a murder mystery - which was relayed on Doordarshan. Then I produced Ek Shunya Shunya for Doordarshan again. That time, it was the third best thing happening. Ramayana had a TRP of 84, followed by Udaan having 83, followed by Ek Shunya Shunya registering 75. Then I made a few Marathi serials for Doordarshan. Then, Sony happened. Those days, the satellite channel invasion was being talked about a lot. I thought, let me do something on satellite channels. During my days at Doordarshan, I had started with C.I.D.[/quote]
This is news to me! Apparently B. P. Singh made 6 episodes of CID back in the 80s? Nothing more is said about this in the article which is a shame but still, I would love to know just how far did he go with those early episodes? Did he film anything? Did he have complete scripts? Were those scripts/ideas used in the show that's been airing on Sony? At the very least, I'd love to know about characters: it'd be interesting to see how much of those original characters and ideas made it into the show over a decade later. Edited by Kal El - 12 years ago