‘Smuggler Veerappan has an interesting story behind him. I was always fascinated to picturise the history of Veerappan. Almost Rs 700 Cr were spent by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments for catching him. Approximately 900 elephants were killed for the purpose of smuggling, and it took 20 long years of the Police to catch him.
Killing Veerappan is a unique point to be filmed. This movie has covered the only episode that went into hunting down Veerappan. This isn’t his biopic. Real-time locations were chosen to make this movie. Parts of forest’s in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu were Veerappan has lived were chosen as shooting locations.
People who participated in ‘Operation Cocoon’ were inquired about the operation. Veerappan’s wife Muthulakshmi was also contacted as necessary information was gathered for the film making.
Watch ‘Killing Veerappan’ trailer here:
Shivaraj Kumar, who is the son of Kannada actor Rajkumar whom Veerappan kidnapped, was our primary choice of casting in as a police officer who hunts down Veerappan. He is the apt actor who could carry the role” said Ram Gopal Varma at the trailer launch of ‘Killing Veerappan.
V. Manjunath, B. S. Sudhindra, E. Shivaprakash are jointly producing this film. Ram Gopal Varma handled the story, screenplay, and direction.
Sandeep Bharadwaj is playing the title role while Shivaraj Kumar is seen as a police officer. Yagna Shetty, Sanchari Vijay and Parul Yadav are playing the supporting roles in this docudrama thriller film.
‘Killing Veerappan’ will come into theaters on 4th of December in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada languages.