ZEE5 Global’s new docu-series ‘Koose Munisamy Veerappan’ has recorded an impressive 9.1 rating on IMDb within just two weeks of its release, the popular South Asian entertainment platform said this week.
Viewers are said to have been attracted by the six-episode deep dive into the life and escapades of the infamous Indian forest bandit Veerappan. Through an interesting blend of real-life footage and first-hand accounts from individuals who were close to him, the series vividly portrays Veerappan's enigmatic persona and his criminal legacy.
Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer, ZEE5 Global, said: “We are thrilled to see how our Tamil series 'Koose Munisamy Veerappan' has resonated with viewers on our platform notching up a remarkable 9.1 rating on IMDB.
“Real life narratives and docu-series as a format have increasingly struck a chord with the viewers and we are committed to adding more of such differentiated content on ZEE5 Global in the coming year for our global audiences."What sets this series apart is the fact that it is primarily narrated by Veerappan himself, revealing his entire life story and uncovering unknown truths about the events that happened around him. The original Tamil series is streaming on ZEE5 Global in three other languages too – Kannada, Hindi and Telugu.
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Nakkheeran Gopal, the journalist, said: “We have invested huge efforts and taken significant risks to secure an interview with Veerappan. For the first time, this detailed version of the interview has been presented in a documentary narrative to the audience on the ZEE5 Global OTT platform under the title "Koose Munisamy Veerappan." It is imperative that Veerappan's story be portrayed with honesty and completeness, incorporating the narratives of the victims. This series is not merely a documentary; it transcends the genre to become an engaging action thriller.”
The ZEE5 Global series tracks the bandit’s life for three decades, when he haunted the dense forests of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and parts of Kerala. It follows up to his dramatic end in an encounter with the Special Task Force (STF). The series captures his criminal heritage that is now a part of history and police archives.
Prabhavathi, the producer, added: “We established Dheeran Productions with the goal of producing and showcasing local stories at a world-class standard, particularly in an environment where our people's expectations and acceptance have grown through exposure to numerous international productions.
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“Following the launch of our inaugural production, 'Koose Munusamy Veerappan,' a top-tier docu-series, we are confident that the audience for the 'docu-series' genre in India will experience a significant surge.”