Jallikattu (film)

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Directed byManivannan
Produced byChitra Ramu
Chitra Lakshmanan
Screenplay byManivannan
Story byVietnam Veedu Sundaram
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyA. Sabapathy
Edited byChandran
Seetha Lakshmi Art Films
Distributed bySeetha Lakshmi Art Films
Release date
  • 28 August 1987 (1987-08-28)
Running time
140 minutes

Jallikattu (transl. Bull-vaulting)[1] is a 1987 Tamil-language vigilante film directed by Manivannan. The film features Sivaji Ganesan, Sathyaraj and Radha in lead roles. The film, produced by Chitra Ramu and Chitra Lakshmanan,[2] had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 28 August 1987. The title of the film is a reference to the traditional Tamil sport of the same name.


The story begins with Arjun (Sathyaraj) being arrested for multiple crimes. In the past, Arjun was a happy-go-lucky young man. His brother (Delhi Ganesh), a factory's union leader, clashed with his superiors (M. N. Nambiar, Malaysia Vasudevan and Chitra Lakshmanan) for a bonus. In the meantime, Arjun fell in love with Radha (Radha). To help the labourers, Arjun cheated the factory's owners as a fake income tax officer, he managed to take all their black money and he gave it to the labourers. Later, Arjun's brother, sister-in-law and his niece were killed. Arjun then tried to kill the culprit and failed. Siva Prasad (Captain Raju), Radha's brother, advised him to surrender but, being an innocent in this case, he refused. However, Siva Prasad arrested him by surprise. Arjun was then tortured and his head was shaved. Therefore, a bald Arjun comes to the court. Despite everything being against Arjun, the judge Ram Prakash (Sivaji Ganesan) feels that he is innocent. So Ram Prakash sentences that Arjun will be under house arrest on his isolated island. Along with Ram Prakash, how Arjun kills the culprits forms the rest of the story.



Jallikattu is the first collaboration between Sivaji Ganesan and Manivannan.[3]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

The film score and the soundtrack were composed by film composer Ilaiyaraaja. The soundtrack, released in 1987, features 5 tracks with lyrics written by Gangai Amaran.[4][5][6] The track, Kathi chandai podaamalae is reused from the movie Kadalora Kavithaigal also composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Hey Raja" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Mano 4:31
2 "Kaadhal Kizhiye" Mano, S. Janaki 4:53
3 "Kathi Chandai Poadaamale" K. S. Chithra 4:22
4 "Yeriyil Oru" Malaysia Vasudevan 4:25
5 "Yethanaiyo" Mano, S. Janaki 4:24


  1. ^ Baskaran, S. Theodore (2008). Sivaji Ganesan: Profile of an Icon. Wisdom Tree. p. 100. ISBN 978-81-8328-396-0.
  2. ^ "திரைப்பட தயாரிப்பாளர் சித்ரா ராமு காலமானார் || Tamil film Producer chitra ramu passes away". www.maalaimalar.com (in Tamil). Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ Rao, Subha J. (11 May 2013). "Fifty and counting". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Jallikattu : Tamil Movie". hummaa.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Download Jallikattu by Ilaiyaraaja on Nokia Music". music.ovi.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Jalli Kattu — Illayaraja — Sivaji Ganesan, Sathiyaraj Songs". thiraipaadal.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013.

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