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Ramesh Aravind’s return as detective Shivaji Surathkal is for The Mysterious Case of Maayavi

From Ranagiri Rahasya to Maayavi, Shivaji Surathkal is on to Case No.103 in Akash Srivatsa's new film.

Prathibha Joy
Sep 10, 2021
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Director Akash Srivatsa and Ramesh Aravind in character as Shivaji Surathkal

On his birthday today, actor-filmmaker Ramesh Aravind had told OTTplay, that the Shivaji Surathkal sequel that is shortly going on floors will explore the maverick but eccentric detective’s 103rd case. The original film had focused on Case No.101, which was a choice that stemmed from the fact that it was Ramesh’s 101st film as hero in Kannada cinema. While the same logic applies for the next one too, this time around, the film is being called Shivaji Surathkal: The Mysterious Case of Maayavi.

Co-written and directed by Akash Srivatsa, the film is being backed by Rekha KN and Anup Gowda (Anjanadri Creations). While Ramesh had said that Shivaji Surathkal will see the detective in a more sober avatar, given that his medications appear to be helping him curb his mad streaks, the first look poster gives us a different picture. It features Shivaji in handcuffs… intriguing, indeed! Moreover, the announcement teaser had him say that ghosts and the paranormal exist. 

After the title launch on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi, the film is slated to go on floors shortly. This will be Akash’s second directorial collaboration with Ramesh, although he shares a long association with the actor-filmmaker. Akash had served as assistant director on Ramesh’s directorial Accident and they have stayed in touch over the years, with the former running all his creative projects by Ramesh for inputs. In fact, when Shivaji Surathkal was conceived, Akash was quoted as saying that if Ramesh had not agreed to do the film, he would not have done it.

For the sequel, Radhika Narayan and Raaghu Raamanakoppa are expected to return and reprise their roles from the original. Further details on the cast and the subject are expected in the days to come. Stay tuned!

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