Criminally good: What makes crime shows appealing?
Kavita Awaasthi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Updated: Feb 23, 2015 13:46 IST
From featuring real-life crime stories to fictional shows highlighting wrongdoings, there has been a conspicuous rise in the number of crime shows on the tube in recent times. But not all find success, and not all hosts are accepted by the audience.
Anup Soni of Crime Patrol — Dastak (CP) and Sushant Singh of Savdhaan India (SI) have become synonymous with their shows, while Karan Kundra brought to fore the crime amongst the younger lot in Gumrah. After his exit as the host of the show, many others replaced him, but not as successfully.
And while we have seen numerous detective and crime dramas, Shivaji Satam has heralded the fiction detective show CID for 18 relentless years now. We talk to the faces of these shows and ask them what sets them apart.
Shivaji Satam What has been your USP? Perhaps the fact that I enjoy my work. People see the commitment to the show and the character, and they appreciate it. I learn every day and try to convey the story in the most relatable way. I guess that’s what works for me.
Why do you think your show has been a success? Mystery and curiosity intrigue everyone. Whether it’s a child who wants to know it all, or adults who try to gauge how things or people are in life — people are curious. There is an element of apprehension, fear and rage in people which is universal.
Why are crime shows so appealing? Probably one of the reasons is that CID has been running for 18 years, so others want to jump on the bandwagon as well. But that is the case with other genres too — be it musical shows or talent shows or even certain subjects explored in fiction shows. When something works, everyone wants to be part of it.
What has been your USP? Maybe my sincerity. My reason for doing the show was to fulfil a social responsibility. I am myself on the show and people relate to that.
Why do you think your show has been a success? We wanted to create awareness about crime from the victim’s point of view. We show how one can fight crime. In the last three years, people have told us that they have learnt a lot from the show.
Why are crime shows so appealing? For an ordinary person, who hasn’t been a victim or a criminal, there is a lot of curiosity about how and why people do this.
What has been your USP? I was never preachy on the show. I would talk to my audience in a direct manner. I never told them what to do and what not to do, perhaps that clicked.
Why do you think your show has been a success? I think it worked because of the youth factor. It was an eye-opener for parents as they realised that the youth was indulging in things that could lead them into trouble. No one had spoken about issues such as online crime, psychological issues, peer pressure etc.
Why are crime shows so appealing? Crime is a trend. People want to know what’s happening around them; they want to stay aware.
What has been your USP? People tell me that I don’t come across as a preacher because I talk about hum (us) and not aap (you). I came across as a neutral person so they appreciate that.
Why do you think your show has been a success? Our biggest advantage was that we wanted to create awareness about crime and alert people about taking precautions. We didn’t know our target audience, but wanted to make an effort to curb crime in our own way.
Why are crime shows so appealing? When something works, others follow. Our show has completed four years, and there have been many others who have followed us. But we don’t want to change ourselves due to others, and will continue with the same sincerity.