Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Sandeep Bharadwaj, Sachiin J Joshi, Usha Jadhav, Lisa Ray
- The movie revolves around, Veerappan, the most notorious and ruthless bandit in India. In October 2004, Veerappan was killed in an operation.
- The film traces the events few months before his killing. Veerappan (Sandeep Bhardwaj) attacks an army check-post and kills the officer.
- In retaliation to the incident, the supreme authorities give charge of catching the merciless brigand to a coldblooded officer, who has no name.
- During an operation, Veerappan’s wife Muthulakshmi (Usha Jadhav) gets captured, the Cops releases her and uses her as a bait against Veerappan.
- The officer-in-command seeks help of Shriya (Lisa Ray), the widow of the slain officer. Shriya wins her confidence and digs information about her husband which she leaks to the Cop.
- However, his foe Veerappan is more cannier than him. Veerappan is always ahead of him by two moves.
- In some sequences we reminded of the old RGV, who could shoot everything perfectly, like the spoiled operation scene before the interval.
- The constant ‘chase’ between the police and the bandits is well depicted.
- Sandeep Bharadwaj as Veerappan resembles ‘the real Veerappan’ looks and has done the justice with his role.
- While on the other hand, Usha Jadhav, who plays the role of his wife in the film, delivers an amazing performance.
- Apart from Sandeep and Usha, none of the actors manage to mark any kind of impression.
- Sachiin Joshi performs well, but his bland dialogue delivery lets him down. On the same lines, Lisa Ray is all about ‘pout’ with blank face and no emotions.
- There is a sequence where the Cop is chilling and peacefully having tea, with the widow and his senior officer, while the rest of the team guns down the bandit.
- There are chances where we get to see the signs of Ramu’s lost directorial brilliance.
- The silly background score sometimes works as cheerleader for this merciless bandit.