"Veerappan" featuring Sandeep Bharadwaj releases on May 27 (Friday). Pictured: Poster of Ram Gopal Varma's "Veerappan."Facebook

Bollywood film critics gave Ram Gopal Varma's film "Veerappan" the thumbs up. "Veerappan," which is receiving positive reviews, is a biographical film based on the life of the notorious bandit Veerappan.

Praising the film, critics said that "Veerappan" is director Varma's best work recently. The film, which is based on Varma's Kannada docudrama "Killing Veerappan," features Sandeep Bharadwaj in the titular role, Usha Jadhav as Veerappan's wife Muthulakshmi and Sachiin J Joshi as Police Officer (Spy) based on N. K. Senthamarai Kannan.

Not only the director, the lead actors have also garnered praises from the film critics. Sandeep shines as Veerappan, but Usha and Sachiin cannot be ignored, critics said.

Read below what critics have said about Sandeep-starrer "Veerappan."

Bollywood Hungama critic said: "VEERAPPAN has violence that may seem a bit over the top for a certain segment of audience. With its unconventional and extremely well-narrated story line and Ram Gopal Varma's trademark filmmaking skills VEERAPPAN will most likely be patronized by a niche segment of the audience."

Meena Iyer of the Times of India said: "In all fairness, Sandeep brings Veerappan alive and the National Award winner Usha as Muthulakshmi is convincing. Though not in top form, RGV does redeem himself to some degree."

Asira Tarannum of Deccan Chronicle said: "RGV has told it taut, specially in the second half that is all about Operation Killing Veerappan. Sandeep's tranformation as Veerappan is commendable -- from his looks to his dialect. Here's an actor waiting to be explored. Usha too plays it easy. "

Nandini Ramnath of said: "The most engaging scenes are the numerous shootouts and chases, especially one in which Veerappan and his men escape yet another STF attack through a vast area of red hillocks that resemble ant-hills. Men, women and children perish like flies and there are gut-wrenching torture scenes, but the real violence is felt by the ear-drums."

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