Veerappan’s wife gets Rs 25 Lakhs in the Vana Yuddham case

Vana-Yuddham-PosterDirector A. M. R. Ramesh’s Vana Yuddham, which was to release yesterday, got delayed by few hours due to verdict pending from the supreme court.

Vana Yuddham claims to be the real-life story of the slain sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, the forest brigand, who held a reign of terror on the border districts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka before getting eliminated by a Special Task Force headed by Vijayakumar, a Tamil Nadu IPS officer.

Muthulakshmi, Veerappan’s widow, filed a case with the High Court seeking its intervention in deleting ‘certain objectionable sequences’ in Vana Yuddham. And high Court allowed the film to be screened after cetain cuts, and AMR Ramesh had announced that the film would be releasing in theatres on 14th of February and an mutual agreement had been reached.

But Muthulakshmi took up the case to supreme court, citing the high court had allowed the film to be released in the state without the 32 sequences in the film that she wanted to be removed. And in her petition Muthulakshmi had stated that director had deleted only 4 sequences from the discussed list, and if the film released in its present version, the future of her daughters would only become a huge ‘question mark’ in society.

K.K. Mani the counsel appearing on behalf of the producers of the film, argued that as the date of the film’s release had already been fixed, they be allowed to release the film. And huge amount research work had been put in the film for years, the crew had interviewed almost 250 people before writing the script, and even Muthulakshmi has contributed her version to director, The crew has even interviewed the four men whose mercy plea was rejected this week by the President of India .

Finally the bench suggested to both parties counsel to go in for a compromise, and it boiled down to ‘compensation’ to be given to Veerappan’s wife, who demanded Rs. 50 lakhs. The producers have greed to pay Rs 25 Lakh within today. The court cleared the movie with an instruction to issue a disclaimer through an advertisement in leading Tamil and Kannada papers saying that the movie is fictitious and it does not based on the life of any person.

The disclaimer and the compensation have settled the issue smoothly. Vana Yuddham the Arjun-Kishore starrer is a decent attempt to watch for the weekend with not any compromised commercial elements.

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