Shivaji Surathkal on ZEE5, with Ramesh Aravind: Despite an interesting premise, an underwhelming murder mystery

Posted on August 10, 2020


The real killers are the mood and tone, which waver between full-throttle horror and suspense and gruesomeness and romance and “comedy”.

Spoilers ahead…

In Akash Srivatsa’s Shivaji Surathkal, Ramesh Aravind stars as a famous detective who shares the film’s name. He is known to solve cases with his “imagination”. No, no. This doesn’t mean he dreams up who the killer is. It’s just that he can look at a corpse splayed out by a swimming pool and say that the dead man was a left-hander. Because he kept his wallet in the left butt-pocket of his jeans. Or maybe it’s the other way around. But you know what I mean. If Shivaji Surathkal looked around him, at his sets, he’d deduce — instantly — that his film was sponsored in part by Bindu packaged water, Sparsh rasam powder and especially Levista coffee. A branded mug of this brew is featured so prominently in scenes, I was crestfallen that it was not named in the supporting cast.

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