Everything you need to know about Jallikattu, India’s official entry to the 93rd Oscars

Jallikattu, also known as eru thazhuvuthal and mañcuvirattu, is a traditional event in which a bull, such as the Pulikulam or Kangayam breeds, is released into a crowd of people, and multiple human participants attempt to grab the large hump on the bull’s back with both arms and hang on to it while the bull attempts to escape.

Jallikattu is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language independent 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 movie stars Anthony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, Santhy Balachandran and Jaffar Idukki.

At a time when cows and bulls are controversial in India, what with religious and communal connotations, Jallikattu is an imperative, urgent movie that remains true to the personal just as much as the political. The story revolves around Kalan Varkey, a buffalo butcher, who is the source of meat for a whole village. Things go haywire once an animal is set loose in the village, the police gets involved, and mob mentality takes over. The movie is engaging, important and a brilliant work of art.

Jallikattu is India’s official entry to the 93rd Academy Awards.

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