Director: Ram Gopal Verma
Star Cast: Sandeep Bharadwaj, Usha Jadhav, Sachin Joshi and Lisa Ray
Producer: Raina Sachin Joshi
Genre: Biographical Drama
Ram Gopal Verma is known for his unique films like Satya (1998), Shool (2001) and Sarkar (2005). He has also won the National Film Award for Shool. His last film Total 26 (2014) was related to 26/11 Mumbai attacks and now he has come up with Veerappan that is based on the life of South Indian notorious bandit Veerappan, who had killed several policemen and elephants before encountered in a police operation in 2004. Let’s find out whether the film is worth to watch or not.
The story sets in the year 2004, when Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were driven by the apprehension of Veerappan (Sandeep Bharadwaj). Due to this, both side government were in problems and searching out to catch this ivory and sandalwood smuggler. After trying out lots of strategies, Police department finally made a joint team of police officials to start an operation and ready to kill Veerappan. In between, there will be the entry of Veerappan’s wife Muttulakshmi (Usha Jadhav) and Lisa Ray, wife of another Police Officer. The story proceeds with number of interesting twist and turns. How Police make the plan of this most important operation and what are the problems they face in the operation? This you will be find out after watching the film.
The first half of Veerappan is not match up with the pace and proceeds too slow. Although, Ram Gopal Verma has brilliantly showcases the murders done by Veerappan, illegal smuggling of sandalwood and his terror in the forest but all this happens in the second half that is the only strong point of the film. No doubt, Ram Gopal Verma has given his best to feel the terror and somehow he gets so close to the perfection but few hiccups are kept in the middle to become this an ordinary film.
Sandeep Bharadwaj as Veerappan looks the best. We can say it that he once again relives Veerappan on big screen. Usha and Lisa Ray has also done their respective characters brilliantly. Specially, they perfectly matched the looks and the accent of local language.
Ram Gopal Verma has done a good job behind camera as usually. He perfectly tightens the grip in the story and the screenplay. The second half as I said his best effort of the entire film and your eyes will be open to see such a scary climax. If the script could be as good as the direction, this will be his one of the best films of his career.
If you are a big fan of Ram Gopal Verma and his films, You can watch it once but don’t expect something extraordinary from this.
My rating to Veerappan is 2 out of 5 stars.