Right from my debut film "SHIVA" I was always interested in larger than life rebellious characters be it Satya, Company, Sarkar etc., and there's no one who is more unique in this regard than Veerappan.
Veerappan was the most dangerous man in Asia and arguably the whole world because unlike Osama Bin Laden he didn’t even have an organization.
He was just a plain criminal who walked around in chappals with a double barrel gun in his hands. I was following his activities right from the first time I heard about him till he died in 2004.
Then a few years back I happened to meet some of the people who were involved in the operation of killing him from whom I got amazing insights into both his character and I was shocked with the fascinatingly chilling way they went about planning to kill him.
I made a Kannada film based on some of the information I gathered which was called "Killing Veerappan" which became a super-hit down there. When Sachiin Joshi saw the Kannada film he told me considering the uniqueness of the character of Veerappan his story needs to be told not only to entire India but also the whole world and offered to produce it. He also suggested and I agreed that it needed to be made in a much more elaborate manner and on a much bigger scale.
Veerappan frankly is a reinvention for me as a director because this film has changed me both on a professional and personal level in many ways. That is primarily because of a very different way I had to develop a cinematic structure to do justice to the complexities of the subject matter of Veerappan. As a final word I feel enriched as a cinema connoisseur from my experience of making Veerappan because I had the opportunity to dwell into the most dangerous minds I have ever known and I am not talking about Veerappan and his gang. They actually belong to the people who killed him.
Film - Veerappan
Veerappan is Indian docu -drama thriller based on the events leading to Operation Cocoon to
capture or kill Indian bandit Veerappan. The film is all about the life events of Veerappan who
was a bandit of India. The story revolves around the search of Veerappan by a group of Police
Officers headed by Kannan. Kannan is a non-conformist, one who would willingly flout rules as
long as Veerappan is captured.
The film begins directly with the planning of Operation Cocoon. This was a mission headed by
the Commander of the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force, Vijay Kumar, who masterminded the
final assault on Veerappan. Vijay Kumar appoints Kannan.
The plot tracks the team’s attempts to corner Veerappan. Priya is by hired by Kannan to
befriend Muthulakshmi, so that the STF can get closer to her husband Verrappan.
The goal is clear - Veerappan has to be lured out of the forest
Will Kannan be successful in his mission and will he be able to find Veerappan