Verdict: Jallikattu is a raw, well-crafted and extraordinarily narrated visual extravaganza.
Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, is already in the news for all the right reasons. The film has hit theatres with lots of expectations and to be honest, 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.
What’s Jallikattu About:
A butcher named Varkey (Chemban Vinod) runs a slaughterhouse in a village with Antony (Antony Varghese), where buffalos are slaughtered and sold. One night, a buffalo escapes and creates chaos in the village. The villagers are in panic and have gathered to get it under control. They call Kuttachan (Sabu Abdusamad), an ex-staff member, to help them. He arrives in the village with his hunter gun, much to Antony’s displeasure. Here on, 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.
Jallikattu is a visual extravaganza. The story is very simple, and yet it keeps you glued to your seats till the very end. The spectacular visuals by Gireesh Gangadharan are the highlight of the movie. The macro shots and night scenes are stunning. Prashant Pillai‘s score creates an eerie environment, making the ‘man vs beast’ scenes stand out. Antony Varghese and Sabumon deliver fabulous performances. Lijo Jose Pellissery is known for his raw and neat presentation, which is seen in Jallikattu as well. From the roaring of the buffalo to the chirping of crickets at night in the background and the exhilarating BGM create much tension throughout. The visual effects are top-notch; it’s hard to believe that the animals seen in the movie aren’t real. The climax sequence gives you goosebumps and the digital art during end credits also deserve a mention. Overall, Jallikattu is an exhilarating experience.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The making of Jallikattu – screenplay, acting visuals, and music – is top-notch and flawless. However, people who expect masala factors from a movie may not enjoy this one as it is too raw to have songs or even unbelievably choreographed action sequences.
Why You Should Watch:
If you love movies in general and enjoy experimental cinema, Jallikattu is for you. Watch it to experience some raw content.