Rating : 3/5.
Bottom Line : A demon kills another demon.
Maverick film maker Ram gopal varma’s latest feature Killing Veerappan. The title is alluding that this film is all about dreaded forest brigand Veerappan who had been gotten under the skin of three southern state governments for over two decades. Although, The film is said to be based on the operation Cocoon, which is hatched by a task police officer to kill the famous indian bandit. The director is executed the true events based film by blending up with fictional elements.
The famous brigand, Muniswamy Veerappan ( Sandeep Bharadwaj) kills over 190 people, 900 elephants and smuggles sandlewood. In no time, His name spreads like a wild fire across the country. To nab the mass murderer, The special task force officer (Shivraj Kumar) devise a plan to lure veerapaan’s wife Mutthulaxmi by roping in a girl, Shriya ( Parul Yadav). Shriya gets close to Mutthulaxmi and procure enough information from her. But in the meantime, Veerappan smells the danger and alerts his wife through messengers. Atlast, The officer manages to nab veerappan thrice but the cunning bandit escapes from the officer. You have to watch the main theme of the film on the big screen.
It took 10 years to kill Osama Bin laden It took 20 years to kill Veerappan. This tagline is enough to tease your brain that how the cunning bandit Veerappan gets killed. Director Ram Gopal varma has procured enough valuable content through reliable sources to make a film based on the operation cocoon. The screenplay is wittly written by the helmer but 151 minutes runtime is quite tedious to watch a film without commercial elements like songs and comedy, which are the de rigueur for Telugu cinema. The visuals are just alright. Sandy scored background Score sumps up the mediocre work of cameraman.
Shivaraj Kumar performance as special task force officer is nothing short of outstanding. you have to see his performance on the screen. Sandeep Bharadjwaj pulled off the tough role with ease. His body language, dialogue delivery and emotions made us believe that as bandit Veerappan incarnate into the actor. Parul Yadav played the role of shriya, who clandestinely works for STF in getting the Veerappan whereabouts from Veerappan’s wife Mutthulakshmi.
Overall, The title itself enough to bring the audiences to the theatres. Maverick Ram gopal Varma executed the film with witty Screenplay.you can find some lagging moments in the middle of intense narrative. Stellar performances is the bright spot of the film. I will go with three out of five stars.
Reviewed by Shrinu Nakka.