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Directed by Raj Khosla
Produced by Guru Dutt
Starring Dev Anand
Waheeda Rehman
Music by O. P. Nayyar
Language Hindi

C.I.D. is a 1956 Indian Hindi film. Produced by Guru Dutt, it was directed by Raj Khosla. It stars Dev Anand, Shakila, Johnny Walker, K. N. Singh and Waheeda Rehman. The movie was a crime thriller and has Dev playing a police inspector investigating a case. The music is by O. P. Nayyar and the lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri and Jan Nisar Akhtar.



A newspaper editor, Shrivastav, is killed when he was about to expose the underworld links of a very rich and influential person. He called his friend, Inspector Skhekar, over to talk to him about the gang. but when Skhekhararrives, Srivastar is already dead. He remembers that he saw a suspicious person by the elevator, and borrows a lady's car to chase him. The lady (Shakila) throws a fit and they lose the chase. in the morning the two return home when they find the keys that they lost in the night. Meanwhile, on the crime scene, petty pickpocket Master(Johnny Walker) is found on the scene of the crime and confesses seeing the whole murder. Shekhar uncovers some of the gang, and Master identifys the killer(Mehmood) who is put in jail.

Meanwhile, the lady, Rekha, runs out to be the Chief's daughter, and trust is formed. Shekhar is taken to the criminal's house to attempt to bribe him to release the prisoner, but fail. They poison him and leave him on the street, and he is found by Rekha, who brings him home. At Rekha's birthday party, Shkehar sees the killer, and follows her. She turns out to be Kamini(Waheeda Rehman), a childhood friend. The mastermind, Dharamdas, now wants to incriminate Shekhar so he can go in the clear. They take Master to a house, and try to persuade him, but fail. The gang kills the original killer, framing Shekhar for it. This puts the blame on Shekhar for the two murders. Shekhar goes to trial, and waits for the verdict the next day. By this point, romantic feelings have grown between Rekha and Shekhar. They talk,and Shekhar does not know what to do. He is persuaded by Master to run away, knowing that he will have to prove who the real killer is by doing that.

He runs away, and Dharamdas knows when Shekhar comes out of hiding, he will have evidence to expose the mastermind.So, he sends his men to kill Shekhar. They shoot him, and Shekhar manages to reach the killer's house unseen. He is confronted by Kamini, but he convinces her she can only plan a crime, not commit one. She feels for him, realizes that Dharamdas is evil and that she should no longer be a criminal, and nurtures Shekhar nearly to health.

Dharamdas returns, and barely sees Shekhar escape into a hidden dungeon. Kamini also follows, and it is Kamini and Shekhar vs. Dharamdas in a cat and mouse chase in a maze of hidden corridors and rooms. Kamini and Shekhar escape, and Shekhar calls the police station, saying that he is urrendering himself. Just before he reaches the door to the station, Kamini is shot by Dharamdas' men, and the Rekha's father, aka the chief(K.N. Singh) trys to get a full idea of the picture. Shekhar explains that Dharmdas is the mastermind, yet the Chief does not believe him. Shehar explains the whole thing, and that if Kamini regains consciousness, she will testify. Yet he still has to prove Dharmdas is the criminal so the Chief can see for himself, and sothey have confirmation he is the criminal if kamini does not survive.

They put an article in the paper saying that Rekha will testify, knowing Dharamdas will try to kill her in the hospital. They switch Kamini into Room 15, and tell the desk clerk to tell Dharamadas that Kamini is in Room 13, where they will be waiting for him. Dharmdas comes just before Shekhar and Cheif give up, and they wait. Then they realize that they left the door to Room 15 open, and meanwhile Dharamdas has realized it too. The Chief and Shekhar come just in time before Dharamdas attempts to kill Rekha. Dharamdas is convicted, Shekhar is still going to be punished, yet the Chief will recommend bail or dropping the charges, and Rekha and Shekhar continue their romantic feelings.


  • Dev Anand and Guru Dutt were friends when they struggled to get a break in films, and had promised each other that Dev would give Guru Dutt a film to direct (which he did with Baazi) and Guru Dutt would cast Dev as a hero and direct him. As Guru Dutt did not direct C.I.D. he could fulfil only half his promise.
  • Guru Dutt had spotted Waheeda Rehman in a Telugu movie and cast her in Pyaasa, but gave her a key supporting role in C.I.D. to prepare her for Pyaasa.
  • Guru Dutt had reportedly gifted Raj Khosla a swanky foreign car after the success of C.I.D.
  • The choreography of this film was done by Zohra Sehgal - now famous for her ‘granny’ roles Cheeni Kum.
  • The costumes were credited to a debutant, Bhanumati, who is better known as Bhanu Athaiya.
  • Assisting Raj Khosla on C.I.D. were Pramod Charavorty and Bhappi Sonie who went on to become successful directors in their own right.
  • One of the lyricists was Jan Nisar Akhtar, father of Javed Akhtar, who wrote, Aankhon hi Aankhon Mein [1]
  • The scriptwriter was Inder Raj Anand, father of actor-filmmaker Tinnu Anand.
  • The song Aye Dil Hain Mushkil (also known as Bombay Meri Jaan), performed by Mohammed Rafi and Geeta Dutt, accompanies the end titles of the 2008 film Mumbai Meri Jaan.


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