AMR Ramesh, the director of 'Vanayudham' a biopic on forest brigand Veerappan, has worked on the project for 12 years. The shooting has been completed and the film is slated for release in May.
When the Veerappan gang abducted Kannada superstar Rajkumar, Ramesh met activists Kolathur Mani and P. Nedumaran. He also met associates of Veerappan in jail and collected information from them. T.P. Perumal, an accomplice of Veerappan when they were young, too gave some details. He interacted with high-ranking police officers, including Vijayakumar, Senthamarai Kannan, Shankar Bidri, Kempiah, Ramakrishna Prasad and Jyothiprakash Mirji and obtained their versions.
After collecting all the details and information from authentic sources Ramesh wrote the 'Vanayudham' script. He has cast in the film Rajkumar's abductors Selvam, Andril and Mugilan and also Nagappa, who had been kidnapped along with the Kannada superstar. T.P. Perumal plays a key role in the film.
'Action King' Arjun plays the character of DGP Vijayakumar who headed the special task force set up by the Government to catch Veerappan live or dead. Actor Kishore plays Veerappan and Vijayalakshmi appears as Veerappan's wife Muthulakshmi.
The shooting took place for 70 days in areas where Veerappan had his hideouts in the forests on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka borders. The climax scene was shot at the spot where the forest brigand was shot and killed. The film registers whatever had happened in the life of the outlaw. The dubbing work is in progress.