Ram Gopal Varma’s last released film in South - Killing Veerappan got its Bollywood version too. Ramu re made the film in Hindi titled Veerappan with Sachin Joshi, Lisa Ray and Sandeep Bharadwaj in the lead roles.
The story is narrated from a police officer’s point of view. An utmost honest police officer (Sachin Joshi) is on a mission to hunt out the dangerous sandalwood smuggler Veerappan (Sandip Bharadwaj). The plot revolves around how the police officer designs a fool proof plan to kill Veerappan and succeeds in the mission.
Audience are familiar with the story but RGV’s screenplay and patent background score is simply amazing. He should get 10 on 10 points for casting. Sandeep Bharadwaj excels in his role. Right from the beginning he sends chills down the spine. He simply stole the show with the dreaded look, intensity in his eyes and superb dialogue delivery.
Sachin delivers the best performance as the tough cop. The various plans sketched to assassinate Veerappan catch audience attention. RGV has succeeded in re creating Veerappan’s kingdom in the jungles.
The locations are very stupendous and give realistic feel. Although a biopic on Veerappan fails to cover certain aspects like his rise and background.
A 360 degree look on his life is covered but only the assassination part is taken as the plot. Some tremendous visuals, intriguing background score and gripping screenplay are the clear winners.
Overall Veerappan is one of the best films of Ram Gopal Varma which he has released in the recent times.