Veerappan movie review
The one notable thing that you get to know after watching Veerappan is that director Ram Gopal Varma still hasn’t regained that magic touch in him that once made him an acclaimed director of Bollywood. Veerappan is by far one of the better works from RGV in the recent past but still the film that starts very promisingly makes you exhausted and literally tired in the end. A messy work from the director that goes too much out of the way in presenting the life of the dacoit.
Veerappan, the dreaded dacoit who ruled the dense forests of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu is brought to life on the big screen by RGV through this film that has compromised on some areas taking cinematic liberty and at the same time deviating from facts.
Operation Cocoon in 1984 was launched by the Special Task Force to nab Veerappan and this film tells how it was planned and executed though it has deviated on how the man was persuaded to travel in an ambulance. In the real scenario, it was medical treatment while RGV has mixed some masala by bringing in LTTE leader V.Prabhakaran as a mention without showing him.
Ramu definitely has done some homework here in making the film look decent. But from an audience standpoint, the amount of violence mostly in the form of how the notorious Sandalwood smuggler kills and chops his abductors and police officers through guns and axes takes a heavy toll. In the end, we feel too tired. Atleast for me it was such a case.
I am not complaining that there is a case of excess violence in Veerappan the film. If I do that, I would be a fool since the story of this man for whom blood and life of people is nothing has violence written all over it. So naturally things demanded such a detailing but RGV has gone an extra step in portraying them so gruesome making it look too gory.
Sandeep Bharadwaj portrayed the character of Veerappan and it was a brilliant effort conveying the various mannerisms that the real Veerappan had. In terms of looks, body language and apperance, Sandeep the actor was a perfect choice for the role.
Sachin Joshy was a disappointment with his blunt act as the STF officer. Lisa Ray as widow of a police officer was far from convincing with her dubbing going haywire. Usha Jadhav played Muthulakshy, wife of Veerappan with flair and vigour making it looked nice on screen.
Cinematography was as usual in RGV’s recent flicks was a pain in the eyes. Background score was too noisy and annoying and should have been better.
Cannot imagine this is the man who made such cult films like Sarkar, Company and Satya struggling to get a grip over film direction. Its two out of five for Ramu’s Veerappan. The only saving grace was Sandeep Bharadwaj and to an extent Usha Jadhav without whom the film would have been a disaster. Thumbs down again to RGV.
Rating – 2 / 5