The night of October 18, 2004 will never be forgotten, this is the day when the most wanted Veerappan was killed. Post that day, there have been many rumours and theories about what actually took place that night.
Yes, Veerappan was killed,indeed.
But, how did the Special Task Force manage to bring him out of his impregnable forest?
Did Veerappan venture out for an eye operation or to meet Prabhakaran from the LTTE?
Ram Gopal Varma’s Veerappan, starring Sachin Joshi and Lisa Ray talks about one such rumour and presents a stylised, RGV- kind of film.
The film begins directly with the planning of Operation Cocoon.
In reality, this was a mission headed by the Commander of the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force, K. Vijay Kumar, who planned the final assault on Veerappan.
Sachin Joshi plays the Superintendent of Police in Vijay Kumar’s team. His character is modelled on NK Kannan, who is believed to have actually planned the entire mission.
The plot narrates the team’s attempts to capture the gangster. Priya (Lisa Ray) is hired to befriend Muthulakshmi (Usha Jadhav) so that the STF can get closer to her husband.
The Plot outline : Veerappan has to be lured out of the forest. How the team manages this forms the rest of the plot.
Rgv’s Veerappan looks slick and is filled with engaging camera work.
Varma’s version narrates the last few months before Veerappan’s death on October 18, 2004.
Unfortunately,the narrative is hardly gripping or intriguing,
The entire film feels like a long, tedious ,badly-made feature film.
Best executed scene : Veerappan’s past is narrated through a kid takes you on a time journey showcasing the Ram Gopal Varma touch and welcoming us to the world of omnipresent cameras.
The funny camera angles and the ear-shattering background music will keep you away from this film.
I expected the movie to be an edge of the seat thriller, but you tend to get bored right from the first frame to the last frame. The movie ‘Jungle’ was more interesting.
It is RGV’S film all the way & hence the performances are not that upto the mark.
To find an actor who resembles the real-life character is quite a skill and discovery.
Sandeep Bhardwaj looks uncannily like Veerappan and performs it quite decently…Thanks to the make up artist Vikram Gaikwad
Sachin Joshi doesn’t look every bit the ruthless cop he plays.
(Why does he act ??)
Lisa Ray looks forced and doesnot fit the bill.
The complex relationship between Veerappan and his wife has not been well shown in the film.
Usha Jadhav plays the character Muthulakshmi with a lot of conviction and honesty.
Overall, Veerappan gives you a feel of a RGV film but trust me, he is not back yet-( Not Recommended…