Cast: Kishore, Arjun, Jayapal, Ravi Kale, Suresh Oberoi, Lakshmi Rai
Direction: A M R Ramesh
Music: Sandeep Chowta
Producer: AMR Ramesh,Jagadeesh ,V Srinivas
Banner: Akshaya Creations
Release Date: 14 Feb 2013
Vana Yudham (2013)
It’s not easy to recreate a fitting saga drawn out of real life incidents of a controversial story, but filmmaker AMR Ramesh does his best to make this biopic of India’s most wanted dacoit Veerappan appear plausible. What could have been a pulsating thriller of sorts, is jeopardised due to a screenplay that fails to evoke interest and keep the audiences hooked. That said, one can’t ignore this film as it successfully brings forth crucial events from the life of the late poacher-turned-dacoit.
Kishore has been roped in for the role of the mustached smuggler. Verappan’s early life is told in detail in the narrative.
Vana Yuddham is a biopic about the last days of forest brigand Veerappan.
In little over two hours, ‘Vana Yuddham’ presents us events from the lives of Veerappan; starting from the initial days as a poacher to his last days as the most feared dacoit in the country. In his regime in the dense forests bordering three southern states – Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, for nearly three decades, he was an undisputed ruler and all those who tried to stop him, were put to sleep.
The story starts with childhood days of Veerappan (Kishore) and killing of animals and smuggling. Then comes the story of kidnapping Kannada super star Rajkumar and releasing him after 102 days. By this incident Tamilnadu Chief Minister appoints a special officer Vijayakumar IPS (Arjun) as the STF chief to kill Veerappan and his gang. They will go for a master plan to kill Veerappan.
The entire first half brings to the fore the rise of the dacoit and the number of people and elephants he killed. The second half throws light on ‘Operation Cocoon’, headed by IPS officer Vijay Kumar (Arjun), who, with the help of Karnataka Special Task Force (STF), watched the movements of their target for months and finally gunned him down.Vana Yudham (2013),