Could it be that director Ram Gopal Varma, who gave us contemporary Hindi classics such as Satya, Company, Shool and Sarkar before slipping into oblivion with duds like Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag, has got his mojo back? Seems like he has, if the Hindi trailer of his upcoming film Veerappan, released online on Monday, is anything to go by.
The manhunt to nap the dreaded Sandalwood bandit is the biggest chase Asia has ever seen. Even as the nearly two-and-half minute trailer takes us deep into the heavily-wooded jungles of South India where Veerappan’s writ runs large, Ramu establishes the fact that this manhunt might just have been bigger than even that to capture Osama Bin Laden -- 97 slain cops, 184 civilians dead, 900 dead elephants and Rs 734 crores spent to capture the dreaded dacoit.
Watch the trailer of Veerappan here:
The film begins right away 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. The film’s trailer gives us the feel and context of the film, right from the word go.
Veerappan is the Hindi remake of Ram Gopal Varma’s Kannada directorial debut Killing Veerappan which released on January 1, 2016. The film’s find is the NSD-trained Sandeep Bhardwaj, whose transformation into Veerappan has been credited to make-up artist Vikram Gaikwad.
The remake stars Sachiin J Joshi, Usha Jadhav and Lisa Ray, apart from Sandeep Bhardwaj in the titular role. Aniket Khandagale is the cinematographer of the film and Jeet Ganguly has scored its music. It is scheduled for release in May 2016.