Veerappan: Netflix’s Hunt into India's Most Wanted Man

The Hunt for Veerappan on Netflix

Netflix is set to captivate audiences worldwide with a gripping docuseries that peels back the layers of one of India’s most notorious criminals – Veerappan. Premiering on August 4th, 2023, The Hunt for Veerappan promises an unprecedented exploration of the rise and fall of the poacher whose reign of terror held South India in a grip of fear for two decades.

The docuseries, helmed by renowned director Selvamani Selvaraj, takes viewers on a heart-stopping journey through the treacherous jungles of South India, where Veerappan orchestrated his bloody exploits. A notorious smuggler, he left a trail of devastation, allegedly taking the lives of 184 people and poaching hundreds of elephants


With spine-chilling narration and haunting visuals, The Hunt for Veerappan delves deep into the chilling activities perpetrated by this wild animal in human form. The docuseries also unveils the parallel pursuit by Indian police, who embarked on a relentless manhunt to bring this criminal mastermind to justice. Witness the unfolding of Operation Cocoon, a covert mission designed to eliminate the elusive Veerappan and end his reign of terror once and for all.

Producer Apoorva Bakshi has spared no expense to ensure the authenticity and gripping narrative of this enthralling docuseries. Each episode is crafted to unearth the untold stories and unexplored facets of Veerappan’s life, captivating viewers and leaving them on the edge of their seats.

The combination of Selvaraj’s directorial finesse and Bakshi’s vision for storytelling makes The Hunt for Veerappan a formidable contender in the realm of docuseries. This unique exploration of India’s criminal history is sure to leave audiences spellbound.


Short Bio on Veerappan:

Koose Munisamy Veerappan, commonly known as Veerappan, was a notorious Indian poacher and smuggler who operated in the dense forests of South India. Born in 1952, Veerappan’s criminal activities extended from the early 1980s until his death in 2004. He gained notoriety for his involvement in wildlife poaching, sandalwood smuggling, and a series of kidnappings and murders.

Veerappan’s criminal empire came into the spotlight when he started targeting prominent figures, leading to a massive manhunt launched by the Indian authorities. His elusive nature and cunning tactics made him a legendary fugitive, evading capture for over two decades. His reign of terror came to an end in October 2004 when he was killed during a police encounter.

The name Veerappan still evokes memories of fear and dread in the hearts of those who lived through his era. The upcoming Netflix docuseries promises to shed new light on the enigmatic criminal’s life and the exhaustive efforts made to bring him to justice. Be prepared to embark on an unparalleled journey into the untamed wilderness and the dark heart of a criminal mastermind with “The Hunt for Veerappan.”

Director: Selvamani Selvaraj

Producer: Apoorva Bakshi

Release Date: Series will premiere on Netflix on 4 Aug 2023