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Killing Veerappan – Telugu Movie Review

RGV’s skilled filmmaking backed with lead star performances brings fire on silver screen

Killing Veerappan is a docudrama thriller film released in Telugu language, which is written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film is based on the events of the much hyped manhunt called Operation Cocoon to nab the sandalwood mafia called Veerappan. The film is basically shot in Kanada, however, dubbed in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. It has Dr. Shivaraj Kumar in the pivotal role playing the role of a top cop that leads the Indian Special Task Force for the said massive man hunt operation. It is produced by a slew of people under the banner of the production company called ZED3 Pictures. The man who plays the role of the dreaded mafia is Sandeep Bharadwaj, while the other actors in this film include Sadh Orhan, Yagna Shetty, Sanchari Vijay and Parul Yadav to name a few. Now, let’s us dig in deep to get the gist of the film as under:


As said the film is based on the life of a dreaded mafia called Veerappan and the massive manhunt for this man in the wild forest of south India called Sathyamangalam Forest, which spreads across Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This dreaded forest brigand was able to kill more than 180 people, which including the personnel from paramilitary forces, civilians and others from the security forces. In order to nab this dreaded criminal the government invested one billion INR based search operation called Operation Cocoon, which is among the costliest ever operation in India to nab a man. The film revolves around the said operation and killing this dreaded poacher and criminal in the forests of south India.

Script Analysis

Since the film is based on the real story and true events covering the infamous Operation Cocoon for killing Indian bandit Veerappan, hence the task of adding any spice is huge for the filmmaker. The director has skilfully able to portray the right picture of the Operation Cocoon using his grey cells portraying the best picture over the silver screen. The manhunt operation was showed vividly working on every fine details of the operation making the film very much realistic and authentic. Don’t forget to check the special effects the Ram Gopal Varma has tried to put in the film to add further the entertainment value of the film imbibing the politics that has run behind saving and favouring this man for different vested interest. In nutshell, the filmmaker has managed to give a realistic kind of image, which ends up making the film captivating.

Star Performances

Any movie with good rating and rich content is always supported by committed and out of box performances by the lead stars and Killing Veerappan is one of them. The filmmaker was smart enough to get the best star cast for the film especially the two lead characters like Dr. Shivaraj Kumar who played the top cop for the film, while Sandeep Bhardwaj despite being debuting with this movie has done justice with his incredible performance. Others in the film too managed to give a decent performance, which made all the difference in boosting up the entertainment value of the film.

Direction, Music, Screenplay, Editing and other technical elements

There is no denying to the fact that RGV is a competent filmmaker, who takes all the time to embark with something interesting and innovative script, which usually is inspired by real time incidences. The director has managed to extract some of the best performances out from the top actors working in the film, which has together added a glory in it. Talking about the elements like Music, screenplay, editing and other technical elements, everything seemed okay good in the film, which has simply helped the film to embark with rich entertainment value.

Killing Veerappan- The Last Word

It is not that simple to make a film on subjects like these, which needs loads of research and resources to translate the historical stuff the best over the silver screen. Killing Veerappan is a masterpiece of Ram Gopal Varma who has put his soul and heart in making this film a bit hit. Ever since its trailer release the film has managed to secure a decent buzz in the media. This can be easily caught over the silver screen the best, which makes this film, get a decent rating as well.

Rating – 4.0

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