The year 2019 saw a cinematic revolution in the Telugu film industry. Many small-scale films did exceptionally well irrespective of the lack of superstars, catchy songs, and all the elements that make a solidly entertaining film. With the audience being more receptible to new and experimental movie plots, the industries have seen an advent of filmmakers with creative freedom, thus adding variety to the Telugu film industry and new additions to Telugu’s new movies watch online search engines.
The rise of streaming platforms and OTT Platforms has helped deliver high-quality Telugu movies online and change the film industry’s already established trends. With the audience now preferring more real and content-rich but sophisticated plots, filmmakers have now been more creative with their content delivery. One such film that received huge critical acclaim on its release and now international fame on its entry to the Oscars for India’s foreign film category is Jallikattu.
Jallikattu is a 2019 Malayalam indie-action film plotted around the Malayalam tradition ‘Jallikattu’- a sport where a bull breed is let loose before a crowd of people have participated all try to touch the bull’s hump. It is written by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar and Directed by Lijo Jose Pellisery, and is based on ‘Maoist’ by Hareesh. The film was premiered in film festivals of Toronto and Busan and received widespread critical acclaim. Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad, and Santhy Balachandran, the score was done by Prashant Pillai, while Girish Gangadharan headed the cinematography.
On the top, the film’s synopsis is simple- a buffalo escaped a local butcher in a small village in Kerela, and on its journey, it has caused immense destruction to the village. The plot might seem simple, but what lies underneath all this is Pellisery’s cinematic brilliance that will create a lasting impression on Mollywood and an impact so profound that Indian cinema will be lauded for what it can produce.
Jallikattu is a masterpiece of cinematic excellence. You are made to see disturbing and uncomfortable close-ups of the character’s face, mouth, and eyes coupled with their heavy breathing. Here, the background score and camera work comes into play. The film is made to create an illusion that you are not just an audience but a part of the animal hunt. Over time, Jallikattu tries to unravel the brutal and selfish nature of man in the state of nature. The lack of police involvement plays on the lack of security that existed in primitive times, allowing a man to do whatever he wants.
In the end, all words are replaced by screams of agony, just like in primitive times, and here you will wonder how one animal can disrupt man’s poise and take out the animosities and terror that lurks inside every man and bring them back to what they truly are.
Jallikattu is a conventional piece of cinematic excellence that churns out what indie cinema is capable of. To watch movies in Telugu, subscribe to the OTT Platform AHA and view this brilliant cinematic maestro in Telugu.