MUMBAI: A Tamil and a Kannada film based on the slain forest brigand
Veerappan has been restrained from screening by the City Civil Court
This follows an application by Tamil bi-weekly Nakheeran editor Gopal
about his role in both the Tamil and the Kannada versions of the film
titled Vana Yuddham and Attagasam respectively. The XVII Assistant
Judge of the City Civil Court granted the interim injunction till 17
The editor submitted that he had come across a news item that the
films on the life of Veerappan, who was shot dead by the Tamil Nadu
Special Task Force in October 2004, had been made by AMR Ramesh of
Bangalore and two other producers. Contending that the films were
scheduled for release in the first week of May, Gopal claimed that he
had made five trips to the forest, where the sandalwood smuggler was
in hiding, and due to his efforts the life of Kannada thespian late
Rajkumar, who was kidnapped, was saved.
He further contended that without his role, no film about the
brigand's kidnappings, surrender talks and his way of life in the
forest could be made.
Stating that the producers had not contacted him for his version on
the role he played as an emissary, Gopal alleged that according to
reliable information, his image had been tarnished in the films that
made him apprehensive that his character would be spoilt.
The Judge said the petitioner had made out a prima facie case for
grant of the injunction.