Jallikattu: Run Amok and witness a Visual Delight

Jallikattu is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language action film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery with a screenplay by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar, based on the short story Maoist by Hareesh.

The film stars Antony VargheseChemban Vinod JoseSabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.

The plot follows a bull that escapes from a slaughterhouse in a hilly remote village and the entire village men gathering to hunt down the animal.

Jallikattu premiered on 6 September 2019 at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim.

It was released in home state Kerala on 4 October 2019.

I truly regret not having watched this movie last month in Theaters

Now that I have watched it on Amazon, I wish I could go back in time to experience it on a big screen

So I will attempt unraveling that unusual wish I just made

Firstly, what doesn’t work?

  • There is hardly anything not to like about on this one
  • I think 10 to 15 minutes could have been lopped off
  • Trimming it down further could have made it more Compact, however that’s an afterthought

What works?


  • I literally meant that, everything
  • This movie is an experiment
  • One that has been done right
  • There is oodles of energy dripping off every scene
  • The above statement is both, literal & figurative
  • There are loads metaphors at play out here
  • The narrative is razor sharp and stays focused on a collective
  • The movie begins with the humdrum of day to day lives
  • The score by Prashant Pillai introduces us to sounds that are absurd when they are up close & personal
  • But, look at them from afar and you realize: This is Business As Usual
  • If the Score wasn’t enough, then deal with Renganaath Ravee’s sound design
  • Immaculate, Zany and Totally Immersive – Apt
  • A heady screen play ensures there is no time to breathe
  • While racing ahead full steam, this narrative focuses on a collective rather than individuals
  • Armed with this ploy, Lijo Jose Pellissery is able to draw out all sorts of allusions that he wants to thrust in our faces
  • He manages that quite successfully as the lines between Human and Beast blurs quite often
  • Most often, this line ceases to exist
  • Stating the above is almost a shame(if you get the connotation)
  • The Cinematography by Girish Gangadharan captures all the actions in exquisite frames

Even at times, when nothing is happening the energy still stays!

The Climax is breath taking for 2 reasons:

  • For the way it has been shot!
  • And, it will definitely put you off Humanity altogether
  • Once you reach the closing scenes, one thing is assured
  • The sounds at the start of the movie will come playing back in your heads

The Verdict?

Although we might have missed Jallikattu in Theaters, this definitely deserves a Viewing

I urge all you Movie Lovers:

For the Love of Cinema, please DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!

If you want to learn what Experimentation is all about, please catch this one SOON…

P.S: The title of the movie shouldn’t mislead us to the Traditional Sport

Let’s Run amok and witness a High of A Visual Paced Delight



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