Jallikattu (2019) Script

A portrait of a remote village where a buffalo escapes and causes a frenzy of ecstatic violence.

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

Jallikattu premiered on 6 September 2019 at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim.[4][5] The film was showcased at the 24th Busan International Film Festival under the section ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’.[6] It was released in home state Kerala on 4 October 2019.[7][8] Lijo Jose Pellissery received Best Director trophy at the 50th International Film Festival of India.[9] It is selected as the Indian entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards[10] from among 27 other films. It is the third Malayalam film after Guru and Adaminte Makan Abu to be chosen as India’s official entry to the Oscars.[11]

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R. Jayakumar (screenplay), Hareesh S. (screenplay)

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