Crime shows will always find an audience, whether it’s Shaitan on Colors or Crime Patrol on Sony Entertainment. Life OK takes this genre to another level with Police Dial 100, a reality show which involves the police force. “We all have this perception about the police. So for the first time, we will see how our police works,” says Ajit Thakur, general manager of Life OK, about the show that launched last month. Shruthi Anindita Vermaa, director, high-lights the USP. “Other shows talk about crime and criminals. We talk about cops, crime and criminals, a series which gives the cops’ perspective. Also, on the other crime shows, not even 10 per cent of the real action is shown,” she says.
Produced by Endemol (Kaun Banega Crorepati), the show took nine months. “Within the team itself, doubts were raised. But when I approached Neeraj Kumar, Delhi police commissioner, he promised to support us without even looking at my PPT presentation,” says Vermaa.
All the cases are based out of Delhi. Taking us behind the scenes, Vermaa says that two people are posted at the Police Control Room to update the rest of the team about the cases. The latter select cases for the show, based on police involvement. So far, 42 cases have been shot. Vermaa, who has directed Raaz Pichle Janam Ka and K for Kishore on Imagine and Sony respectively, admits that her team of 65 pose a daily problem for the police, who detest the camera. It helps that they have been given the green signal by the commissioner. “Plus, we now know how to handle the cops,” smiles the director.
Police Dial 100 airs on weekends at 7 pm and 11 pm on LifeOk