Director AMR Ramesh's latest venture Vanayudham has created lot of positive buzz prior its release especially for the story of forest brigand Veerappan and Rajkumar's kidnap. Film goers have lot of expectations and the movie does not let them down. The director's cinematic presentation, which is coupled with Kishore's wonderful performance, is sure to leave you spell bound.
Vanayudham is action drama based on the life of Veerappan. Kishore's superb acting is the main attraction in the film. AMR Ramesh's story, screenplay and dialogues, Sandeep Chowta's music, Vijay Milton's picturisation, beautiful art direction and costumes are its other highlights.
The movie shows AMR Ramesh has done extensive research and lot of homework on Veerappan's life before starting this project. That's why Attahasa looks like a documentary of the forest brigand. He has created a beautiful screenplay and shot the entire film in the forest, where Veerappan was doing his smuggling operations when he was alive.
The movie begins with the story of Veerappan's childhood days and it ends with his death covering all important milestone in his life (Januaray 18, 1952 to October 18, 2004). Lot has earlier been written and shown on TV about his activities. But what makes this movie so special and interesting is AMR's presentation of the subject on screen, which is brilliant.
The first half of Vanayudham throws light on Veerappan's alleged killing of elephants and illegal smuggling of ivory and sandalwood. The second half features Rajkumar's kidnap and Karnataka Government's attempt to get him released and nab the forest brigand. The show runs without boring you and AMR Ramesh does it san commercial elements. He has good grip on the narration of the story.
Vanayudham has superb performance by lead actors and rich production values. Polladhavan fame Kishore has done wonderful acting and it will be not exaggeration if it is described as his lifetime performance. He has got into the character of Veerapan. His makeup, body language and diction are simply superb.
As DGP Vijaykumar, Arjun Sarja also impresses you. Ravi Kale has also given good performance. But Lakshmi Rai has very less scope in the film and viewers can hardly feel her presence on screen. Bollywood actor Suresh Oberoi has played late actor Dr. Rajkumar and he has delivered wonderful performance. His appeance on-screens teases the memory of the fans of Annavru.
Others like Vijayalakshmi, Jayachitra, Sulakshana, Shikha, Yogi Devaraj, Suma Guha have also delivered brilliant performance.
Sandeep Chowta's music is the main attraction in the technical front and his background score highten intensity of many scenes. Vijay Milton's cinematography offers you a visual treat. He has done wonderful picturisation of forest. Anthony's editing is also commendable.
Overall, Vanayudham is brilliant effort by AMR Ramesh, who rocks you without any masala ingredients. It is a must watch movie.