Solving the mystery behind the unnatural death of the actress’ character Janani was a plot point in the original film, Shivaji Surathkal: Ranagiri Rahasya.
When Ramesh Aravind’s Shivaji Surathkal: Ranagiri Rahasya came out, it was widely known that Radhika Narayan was playing his wife’s character in the film. But it was only after audiences saw the film that they realized that her character, Janani, has passed away under circumstances that continue to haunt Shivaji. In fact, the thread of the story surrounding her death and the people responsible for it was tied up in the film, along with the actual case that Shivaji was tasked with solving. Her role in the film, as the loveable wife, was widely appreciated by fans and critics.
So, when it was announced that Radhika would return for the film’s sequel that is set to go on floors shortly, it got people wondering why? And Radhika is keeping the suspense going, by not divulging any details about how her role will pan out in Shivaji Surathkal: The Mysterious Case of Maayavi. The actress has been quoted as saying that her character Janani, who was a lawyer by profession, will continue to play a huge role in Shivaji's life and guide him along in his new pursuits and that revealing anything more would ruin the fun that the team has in store for audiences.
In an earlier conversation with OTTplay, the film’s lead actor Ramesh Aravind had said that Shivaji’s return for Case No.103, will be in a more sober avatar, with much of his eccentricities under control with his medication. Also, in the teaser of the sequel, Shivaji can be heard talking about the existence of the paranormal. So, it would be interesting to see how Radhika’s Janani helps in taking the narrative forward. The sequel will, apparently, be set in three different time periods, which should allow for more flashbacks of the detective’s life with Janani to explain why he is the way he is. For now, we will have to wait for word from the team to get more clarity on this.