After released on Amazon Prime, Malayalam film Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, is trending on Twitter.
The specialty of the movie is lack on any special hero; instead, a buffalo escaped out of a slaughterhouse plays the part of hero. One reader in a Twitter missive, said: “The film exposes the demon inside humankind. We occupy forests which actually belong to animals yet harass, torture and drive away them every now and then.”
The film, which drew praised in Toronto film festival, hit theatres recently and the director doesn’t disappoint at all. Produced by Thomas Panicker under the banner Opus Penta, this film is based on the book ‘Maoist’ written by S Hareesh and R Jayakumar, and features Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran. Gireesh Gangadharan has handled the camera while Prashant Pillai has composed the original score.
The story of the movie is simple- a butcher, Varkey runs a slaughterhouse in a village. One night, a buffalo escapes and creates chaos in the village. The villagers are in panic and have gathered to get it under control. The movie runs through a lot of emotions – lust, jealousy, ego, panic, and fear – exploring the various facets of a man, eventually revealing the beast residing within humans. Pellissery’s frames have wild frenzy written all over them and they careen on distinctive, catchy, adrenaline pumping, thumping percussive beats and incidental sounds. The camera of Gireesh Gangadharan has been hailed for capturing the frantic movements of buffalo. Actor Chemban Vinod’s natural histrionics has also got much admiration.