India's Real-Life Drama

In a script-worthy caper, a notorious bandit kidnaps one of the nation's best-loved film stars

A ragged bunch of toughs sit around their hirsute, half-crazed leader. They are drinking alcohol, laughing raucously and enjoying the terror of their hostages, who are huddled together, fearing almost certain death. Suddenly, the leader raises his hand; his followers fall silent. All they can hear is the sounds of the jungle, but they know their chief has an uncanny sense for danger, one that has helped them evade an elite government-commando battalion for several years. "He has eyes everywhere," an awestruck movie-villager explains.

This tense scene is from the current Hindi film hit Jungle, a biopic about Koose Muniswamy Veerappan,...

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