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Killing Veerappan Movie Review

Apr 21, 2016 06:38 AM
Killing Veerappan Movie Review
  • Release date : January 7, 2016
  • Director : Ram Gopal Varma
  • Producer : B. V. Manjunath, B. S. Sudhindra, E. Shivaprakash
  • Music Director : Ravi Shankar
  • Starring : Shivaraj Kumar, Sandeep Bharadwaj, Yagna Shetty, Sanchari Vijay, Parul Yadav

RGV’s most decent film in the recent past

Filmmakers and Audience are going crazy over making biopics as films. Ram Gopal Varma, who always stays in limelight with his late night tweets and his movies is now back with Killing Veerappan based on a smuggler and dacoit Veerappan starring Sandeep Bharadwaj playing the titular role and Shivrajkumar playing cop, who killed Veerappan. Let’s see how it works on audience.


As we all know, Killing Veerappan movie is all about finding and taking down Veerappan by a cop. An Operation named “Operation Cocoon” was launched by Tamil Nadu State Task Force to nab and kill Veerappan who killed 187 innocent people and 97 policemen and even his own daughter to escape from police men. How an intelligent and vigorous superintendent of police(Shivraj Kumar) plans to kill Veerappan(Sandeep Bharadwaj) by bringing him out of forest and the moves he take to take down Veerappan and also the love story of Veerappan forms the story.


Dr Shivraj Kumar debuted into tollywood with this dubbed version of Killing Veerappan, has given a very finest and bombastic performance throughout the movie. As a mastermind, intellect and vigourous cop he excelled in his role. But the show stealer of the movie is absolutely Sandeep Bharadwaj, who played the titular role. Credit definitely goes to makeup man Vikas Gaikwad and director Ram Gopal Varma for making him a copy of Veerappan and giving him a convincing look. He is very good in his mannerisms. Yagna Shetty, who played the role of Veerappan’s wife is nice and emotes well. Parul Yadav is very good in his role as an assistant as well as informer to police. National Award-winner Sanchari Vijay and other actors Rajesh Nataranga, Gadda Vijay and many others have given their best performances in this intriguing action thriller.

Plus Points:

RGV’s Direction

Sandeep Bharadwaj & Shivraj Kumar


Action Sequences

Minus Points:

Less screen space of Veerappan


First Half is a bit normal

Technical Aspects :

As in all RGV films, technical aspects are a huge plus. Staying true to its genre, the film has some breadth taking visuals. Camera work is astonishing and gives an insight on how the dreaded smuggler lived his life in the dense forests and difficult situations. The top angle visuals during the pre-climax are just awesome.

The various thrills and montage shots have been executed supremely well by RGV. Background score is a bit let down as a better score could have elevated the film to a different level. Screenplay by RGV is neat as he sticks to the conflict of nabbing Veerappan and does not include any cinematic scenes.

Coming to RGV, Killing Veerapan is one of his best works in the recent past. You find traces of vintage RGV as he showcases how the dreaded smuggler was killed in real life. Had he increased a little bit screen time of Veerappan and showcased his personal side or how he became so famous, the film would have been even better.


Movie started with police planning to nab Veerappan with the help of Veerappan’s village people and a 2-3 minute long reverse plan by Veerappan. First half of the movie is engaging with the plans of police and reverse plans of Veerappan and his marriage story. It ends on a interesting note with a failure plan of police. Theatre roars with the entry of Sandeep Bharadwaj as Veerappan. Scenes where Shivraj Kumar talking with Muslim Don and where Shreya (Parul Yadav) sees Veerappan escaping gets thumping response from the audience. Second half is as interesting as a late night tweet from Ram Gopal Varma. Seeing from camera angles to dialogues of the movie anyone can simply say RGV is back to form with Killing Veerappan. On the whole, Killing Veerappan is surely RGV’s most decent film in the recent past. Rating 3/5

Killing Veerappan
January 7, 2016

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