An Article on Satam sir in today's newspaper
Policing our TV screens
Bindu Gopal Rao, Aug 5, 2012
This actor is the face of the longest running
television series. He is part of the Guinness Book of World Records. He
is a name to reckon with in films, theatre and television. A powerhouse
of talent, the best part about him is his down-to-earth, affable nature
that endears you to him immediately. Meet Shivaji Satam aka ACP
Pradyuman from Sony TV's C.I.D. He may play a tough cop on screen, but
is a great human being in real life with absolutely no airs of being a
hugely popular star.
honestly, I never chose to be an actor. Growing up in a middle class
Maharashtrian family, I was influenced by the strong presence of Marathi
theatre," he says. The accomplished actor has three Indian Television
Academy Awards for Best Actor as well as the Maharashtra State Best
Actor Award for his performance in the Marathi film Ek Hoti Vadi, among
several others. Theatre led him to television, where he landed a plum
role in the serial Ek Shunya Shunya, directed by friend B P Singh.
makes C.I.D so successful that even the likes of the legendary
LataMangeshkar is a diehard fan? "Very honestly, many things work
together. The four principal characters have remained the same and the
premise is simple — a no-nonsense way to investigate crime. Also, each
character has remained true to his role and has never let the actor
overpower the character being portrayed. Of course, we have always
looked up to the men in uniform and I use some slight gestures, which
may be larger than life, to enhance the situation. Another thing that
has worked is that we shoot at real locations. The forensic department
angle and how we show crimes being solved makes for interesting viewing.
One thing B P Singh was clear about was that the show will never have
any content that shows crimes against women and children, and that there
would be no graphic representation of any crime," explains Shivaji.
episode of C.I.D that was completed in a single shot — in 111 minutes —
finds mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. "I feel very proud
that an Indian television show has set this record and I was part of
it. It was a 98-page script. Twenty-two characters rehearsed a week in
advance and managed to get it right in the first take. In fact, we had
to shoot at dusk — a magic hour — and with over 100 technicians working,
I feel that god himself helped us pull it off," says Shivaji. There are
also plans of making this hugely popular television series into a
movie. Shivaji says, "I hope and pray that it does happen as we have
been thinking and talking of it for over nine years now."Having been a
part of several mainstream Hindi movies like Vaastav, Ghulam-E-Mustafa,
Yeshwant, China Gate, Taxi No. 9211, Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hain, Hu
Tu Tu among others, he has also acted in two English films directed by
Dev Benegal — English August and Split Wide Open. He was also part of
his son Abhijeet Satam's Haapus, a Marathi film based on farmers engaged
in the cultivation of haapus aamba (alphonso mangoes).
"I am a
simple person and have no major aspirations. I am committed to CID so
much so that I can't do many films that require me to give 50-60 days at
a stretch," he says. He has a soft corner for theatre. "I would love to
go back to theatre as it gives you a high like no other because it is
live and, as an actor, you are on the edge. It's a beautiful
relationship between the actor and the audience, where you cannot afford
to make any mistakes."
It is often said that to be a good actor, it is important to be a good human being and Shivaji Satam exemplifies this perfectly.