Fireworks' CID comic book ready to roll

At a time when the germ of an idea of Munnabhai MBBS comics hits the news pages, Fireworks Productions' CID, after ruling Sony Entertainment Television for nine years, is already set to hit the news stands. CID's timeless characters will shortly come alive on the comic books as well.
Characters ACP Pradyuman (Shivaji Satam), Sr Inspector Abhijeet (Aditya Shrivastav), Inspector Daya (Dayanand Shetty), Inspector Fredricks (Dinesh Phadnis), forensic doctor Dr Niyati (Shweta Kawatra) among others, will now be comic characters as well.

Says BP Singh, the man of the moment, "we had conceived the thought long back, and work was on. Our Business Head, Yash Patnaik was ready to take on the challenges. And in matter of just six months, we are ready to we are ready to roll."

With over 500 stories in bank, and the on-air supporting system of Sony Entertainment Television' as well as on-air promotion, CID will have no dearth of story ideas.

It was not an easy task, though. First came an international research studying the current market and trend of comic books, and the statistics. "We met everyone from the makers to the market, and everyone was excited with the idea of CID comic books.

That encouraged us a lot as the show is still going strong on-air," explains Yash Patnaik, Business Head, Fireworks Productions

The blueprint was drawn and the task of converting television stories into comic book was set into motion.

"Researches show that over 80 per cent of comic book content, the world over, is about crime and larger than life heroes. From the Indian perspective who else but CID, the being a nine-year-old show that has made its niche in the psyche of Indian audiences could be more apt to also turn comic book heroes?," asks Yash Patnaik who is responsible for nurturing the germ of an idea of CID comic book by Mr Singh into a reality. Hence this step further and concretize this with our comic book series.

Adds Mr Singh, "CID Comics will be released in a 44-page all-colour format, with an international standard packaging. "This is a show that glorifies our police force. And this move is another step in the direction of our unsung heroes, who live in stress to let us live in peace."