Veerappan, who was he? A rebel or a criminal? The new Selvamani Selvaraj documentary series The Hunt for Veerappan on Netflix is plagued by the query. The Hunt for Veerappan, which is divided into four episodes, looks back at the poacher who, for nearly 20 years, managed to elude and escape the efforts of the police and the special task teams of two states.
There are tidbits like Veerappan was the target of India’s most time-consuming and expensive manhunt. However, this lengthy narrative is guided to piece together the phenomena that was Veerappan by the politics of difference and an improbable primary bond. (See also: Poacher review: Richie Mehta spins an intriguing tale on the black market in ivory.)