Jallikattu is one the most recent Malayalam movie which created a lot of hype (its certainly worth all the hype). Its crafted by Lijo Jose Pellissery, based on the short story Maoist by S.Hareesh. The screenplay is written by R. Jayakumar and S.Hareesh.
The movie doesn’t contain the usual songs or dances that we will find in Malayalam or any other Indian movies. Don’t expect a usual commercial movie here.
Usually malayalam movies are lengthy with a solid or big story. But this movie is short (around 90 min) with a brief story. Its a simple story about a buffalo which was about to be slaughtered running away and creating havoc in a hilly village in Kerala. But this is shown in such a way by the director which will mesmerize us (or repel the audience). He shows us the primal nature of people in the village and stresses that people aren’t that different from the beasts.
The sounds by Renganath Ravee, the background music by Prashanth Pillai and the visuals by Gireesh Gangadharan are incredible.
The visual effects by Accel Media is good. The effects are kept to a minimum, but its well done.
The actors – Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, Santhy Balachandran and all the artists have given their top performance.
You will find that this movie will be highly rated by film critics at IMDB, RT and every other sites out there. This is an Oscar worthy film. It blew everyone away at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) but I fear that it may not connect with audiences at home – simply because we aren’t used to such a film.
I am rating this movie 5 stars. My friends might rate it 0 because they might hate this movie.
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