Fascinated by the dreaded don

Nearly seven years after his death and a film and a few books later, Sandalwood still sees Veerappan as an attractive story material. Director AMR Ramesh, after a ten year extensive study and research, is making a film on Veerappan titled Attahasa.

As a part of the process, the director has interacted with Veerappan’s associates such as Kolathur Mani, Nedumaran and Muthulakshmi and spoke to several top police officers and incorporated all their experiences in the story.

Ramesh hopes to shoot in all of Veerappan’s hideouts including M M Hills where the forest brigand is said to have carried out most of his operations. The film will also trace the events that led to the fall of Veerappan. “I was fascinated by Veerappan. He might have been branded as a criminal but his strength and tenacity to deal with his foes was impressive.

The film attempts to capture both the intellectual and emotional resilience of Veerappan,” says Ramesh  and adds, “his brutal ways in fighting the system will be presented in a realistic manner.”  

Ramesh feels there’s tremendous scope to explore the story of Veerappan. “He was not a bad guy after all. There might have been good and bad sides to him. The character who plays Veerappan will eat, sleep and talk just like Veerappan. Nothing will be amiss as far as mannerisms are concerned,” adds Ramesh.

Ramesh informs that actor Kishore will be doing the role of Veerappan. Arjun Sarja will play the STF chief Vijayakumar. “I am hoping to rope in Akkineni Nageshwar Rao to play Dr Rajkumar's part. The technical team will consist of Dop Vijay Milton and Anthony,” adds Ramesh.  The shooting is slated to start in May.

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