Jallikattu (2019 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLijo Jose Pellissery
Produced byO. Thomas Panicker
Written by
Based onMaoist
by S. Hareesh
Music byPrashant Pillai
CinematographyGirish Gangadharan
Edited byDeepu Joseph
Opus Penta
Distributed byFriday Film House
Release date
September 6, 2019 (TIFF)
October 4, 2019 (India)
Budget30 crores
Box office65 crores

Jallikattu is a 2019 Indian Malayalam-language action film[1][2] directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery with a screenplay by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar, based on the short story Maoist by Hareesh.[3] The film stars Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon 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.

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]


A regular ritual of buffalo slaughter goes haywire for butcher Kalan Varkey, when the animal breaks lose and creates havoc across the village. Fingers get pointed, the Police are called in, and yet mob mentality prevails. The entire village is led by adversaries Kuttachan and Anthony and they take the matter into their own hands. The film also focuses on subplots like the father of a bride deciding menu for next day marriage, Sophie's problematic love triangle, unemployed youth and their pathetic ennui expressed through needs for validation that becomes a burden on the community, among others. The dadaist ebb and flow of the story strikes an uneasy balance between megalomania, lewdness and absurd frenziness.[6]



The official trailer of the film was unveiled by Friday Film House on 28 September 2019.[9] Jallikattu was premiered at Toronto International Film Festival 2019.[10][11][12] It was theatrically released on 4 October 2019 in Kerala.

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 92% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 7.42/10.[13] Reviewing the movie for Onmanorama, Sajesh Mohan wrote: "After Ee. Ma. Yau, Lijo Jose Pellissery has again opted to saunter through the innate nature of humans in an off-kilter manner." According to the reviewer, 'the movie's technical brilliance is something that Mollywood can flaunt for a long time to come.'[14]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed approximately ₹10 crores in its first week run in Kerala. Per trade sources, 65 percent of the film's box office collection in Kerala came from major multiplexes.[15]


  1. ^ "Toronto 2019 Review: In JALLIKATTU, The Line Between Man And Beast Dissolves". Screen Anarchy. As much a wild action film as an exploration of rural masculinity run amok, Jallikattu takes its audience on an incredible visceral and emotional journey over the course of 90 blood, sweat, and tear-soaked minutes that will leave viewers gasping for breath by the time it reaches its incredible conclusion.
  2. ^ "Busan Film Review: 'Jallikattu'". Screendaily. 4 October 2019. While there is a question mark over the appetite in overseas arthouse audiences for Malayalam language action films about a buffalo gone berserk, the picture shares a relentless gung ho energy (if not the technical polish) with martial arts pictures like The Raid.
  3. ^ Ramnath, Nandini (17 August 2019). "In Lijo Jose Pellissery's 'Jallikattu', a buffalo runs amok and brings out the beast in humans". Scroll.in. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  4. ^ Motamayor, Rafael. "10 Horror, Sci-Fi, and Genre Films That Blew Minds at TIFF – And Will Be Coming to You Soon". RottenTomotoes. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  5. ^ Staff, Onmanorama (7 September 2019). "Jallikattu opens at TIFF, Lijo and team get wide applauds". OnManorama. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b "A Window on Asian Cinema: Jallikattu". Busan International Film Festival.
  7. ^ News Network, Times (25 July 2019). "Lijo Jose Pellissery's 'Jallikattu' to hit the screens in October?". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  8. ^ "സെന്‍സര്‍ പൂര്‍ത്തിയായി ജല്ലിക്കട്ട് ഒക്ടോബര്‍ നാലിന്". www.thecue.in. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Jallikattu Official Trailer - Lijo Jose Pellissery - Chemban Vinod - Antony Varghese". YouTube. Friday Film House. 28 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Jallikattu". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  11. ^ Native, Digital (14 August 2019). "Pics from Lijo Jose Pellissery's 'Jallikattu' go viral, film to premiere at Toronto fest". The News Minute. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  12. ^ George, Anjana (14 August 2019). "Lijo Jose Pellissery's Jallikattu and Geethu Mohandas' Moothon to premiere in Toronto International Film Festival". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  13. ^ "JALLIKATTU". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  14. ^ Mohan, Sajesh (5 October 2019). "Jallikattu review: Lijo Jose Pellissery unleashes a crafty mayhem". October 5, 2019. Onmanorama.
  15. ^ Pillai, Sreedhar (14 October 2019). "Jallikattu beats Aadyarathri, Vikruthi to top Kerala box office, earns Rs. 7.30 cr in opening week". Firstpost. Retrieved 14 October 2019.

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