The upcoming docu-series Koose Munisamy Veerappan has revealed the slain forest brigand's admiration for Superstar Rajinikanth.
Slain forest brigand Veerappan remains a divisive figure in India. The storytellers and filmmakers keep exploring the unknown sides of his life to understand the traits of his personality, ideology and the thought process that helped him to evade the might of the Indian security forces for more than three decades.
The upcoming docu-series Koose Munisamy Veerappan is based on unseen video recordings featuring the bandit himself. Ahead of its premiere on ZEE5 this Thursday, intriguing details from the documentary series have emerged online.
In one of the tapes, Veerappan seems to discuss the politics of Tamil Nadu at great length. It seems he understood the state's inclination towards electing Tamil film stars to the top political positions and even scoffed at those who expressed their contempt against this practice.
Veerappan was revealed to be a staunch fan of Superstar Rajinikanth. Film journalist Rajasekar shared insights on X after watching the series, stating, "After MGR, if Rajinikanth contested in the election, he will win!" Veerappan reportedly wanted Rajinikanth to contest independently, cautioning him against supporting others due to opportunistic motives.
It seems Rajinikanth's spirituality and his repect for elders were also appreciated by Veerappan.
In the 90s. there was a strong public wave in favour of Rajinikanth's political entry. Despite the immense wave of anticipation, the superstar held back from entering the political arena at that time, yet he openly expressed his political ambitions. For more than two decades, Rajinikanth kept both his fans and political analysts in suspense regarding his actual entry into active politics. However, when he eventually chose to participate in elections, his frail health and the unfavorable conditions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic compelled him to permanently shelve his political aspirations.
Judging from these initial pieces of information, it seems Veerappan seemingly had a strong grasp of the ground reality of Tamil Nadu's politics and cinema of his time, even though he spent all his life hiding in the deepest parts of the jungles.
The documentary also reveals Veerappan's political ambitions seemingly stemming from the awareness of his popularity with the people of Tamil Nadu. Reportedly, in one of the tapes, he claimed that he could contest and win against late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The streaming debut of Koose Munisamy Veerappan was supposed to happen on December 8. Later, ZEE5 postponed it to December 14.