Veerappan- the name that once terrorized the entire nation is now on the big screens! For years he had been a topic of engaging conversations for being a dreaded dacoit and brigand who loved torturing and killing people. So is this movie an engaging one? Or is it a torture that might lead to slow death? Read on to find out…
Star Cast: Sandeep Bhardwaj, Usha Jadhav, Sachiin J Joshi and Lisa Ray
What’s New: Vintage RGV makes a comeback after a gap of several years!
Plot: Veerappan is India’s most dreaded dacoit and forest brigand known for poaching, smuggling, kidnapping and brutally killing people. While several missions in the past failed to nab him and put an end to his activities, a police officer takes up the task to get rid of his terror an put an end to his crimes.
What follows next is how he converts a widow (thanks to Veerappan’s brutality) into a spy for his mission, and uses the gangster’s wife to kill him in an encounter.
Performances: The movie belongs to Sandeep Bhardwaj. He sinks his teeth deep into his character of Veerappan. There’s madness in his eyes, and the much-required of maturity in his performance. He keeps it real, rustic and believable. You wait for him to come on-screen and play his part with such perfection.
Usha Jadhav is a complete delight to watch! She too keeps it simple, grounded and realistic; and will make you sympathize with her character every now and then.
You can see Sachiin J Joshi play his part with complete conviction; but the problem is that his performance lacks the much-needed maturity and certain kind of dialogue delivery to make his role an impactful one. Even though he is a cop, his dressing sense is more like that of a model (when he is not in the uniform), and neither his gait nor his body language is like that of a rough-and-tough and strict cop.
Lisa Ray is the Katrina Kaif of ‘Veerappan’ and is a complete miscast! She struggles hard to convey her emotions and fails to convince as widow burning with vengeance!
Rest all have a done a commendable job.
Direction: Ram Gopal Varma makes an impressive comeback with a gripping flick that will keep you on the edge of your seats! While the first half is completely kick-ass, the second half does face a little lackluster as it takes time for the story to build in order to show the encounter of Veerappan.
There’s bloodshed, the characters are emotionally stunted and no one is a saint as all have shades of dark to their characters- exactly how RGV loves to keep it in all his movies! He does not glorify Veerappan and presents him as the man that he truly was- ruthless and ambitious devil.
The sound effects (gunshot, etc.) are simply awesome; the background score too is superb and keeps the mysterious and dark mood of the movie intact. The cinematography is wonderful- not to miss the chase sequence in the waterfall just before the interval. Thankfully, this time Varma’s camera angles are only limited to a certain places and he does not go on an experimentation-spree!
Sadly, the performances by Sachiin J Joshi and Lisa Ray fail to give the movie an impact which powerful actors could have given to it- making it an even better experience for the viewers.
Thank the lord for not including Zarine Khan’s bizarre (and funny) item song ‘Khallas’.
‘Veerappan’ is Ram Gopal Varma’s triumph, and is the proof that the man still has the ability to capture the attention of his viewers and make them love his style of storytelling.
Combo-On-Offer: Action + Drama + Thriller
Verdict: We give the ‘Veerappan’ CLAPS for being a gritty and true-blue Ram Gopal Varma style movie along with excellent performances by Sandeep Bhardwaj and Usha Jadhav.