The 6-part docu-series that boasts previously unseen interview footage of the slain forest brigand was set to stream on December 8, but has now been pushed ahead.
The highlight of the new docu-series about poacher and bandit Veerappan, which was to come to Zee5 this Friday, December 8, is that the makers claim it includes never-before-seen footage from a video interview with him, as confirmed by journalist Nakkheeran Gopal, who has interacted with him extensively. The six-episode show directed by Sharath Jothi has a new streaming date. It will be on the platform on December 14. The decision to push it ahead is likely because there are two major releases on other platforms – The Archies on December 7 and Jigarthanda DoubleX on December 8.
The official synopsis of Koose Munisamy Veerappan – Unseen Veerappan Tapes, which will stream in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi, reads, “Explore the intriguing life of Veerappan as he guides us through his journey using never-before-seen video tapes. Gain new insights through the perspectives of eminent personalities, enhanced with a captivating reimagination of events in this documentary series.” Also featured on the docuseries will be interviews with Nakkheeran Gopal, Seeman, N Ram, Pa Pa Mohan, Subbu aka Subramanyan, Alexander IPS, Rohini, Jeeva Thangavel, Mohan Kumar and Dhamayanthi, among others, all of who either had direct interactions with the forest brigand or were involved in operations to nab him.
Koose Munisamy Veerappan – Unseen Veerappan Tapes is the latest in a series of films and documentaries on the bandit. Filmmaker AMR Ramesh has a bilingual called Vanayudham/Attahasa about him, while Ram Gopal Varma’s Killing Veerappan focused on the operation that led to his ultimate demise. AMR Ramesh is currently making a web series on Veerappan, which will go into details of his life, as well as the operations run by the Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments to capture him. Ramesh had earlier not been able to include some of this, as some officers were embroiled in allegations of human rights violations at the time, which they were eventually cleared of.
The Netflix documentary The Hunt For Veerappan, which came out earlier this year was also mainly about the cat-and-mouse game between him and law enforcement over several years, in which time he almost stripped bare the forests of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka of sandalwood and ivory.