Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews: Jallikettu is a visual experience to behold on the big screen. A spectacle – at times unnerving, appalling – and thrilling at the same time. Antony Varghese, who plays one of the lead characters in the movie, appears briefly in the trailer working with his knife and, in another scene, forcefully kissing a woman. Crude. Chemban Vinod and Santhy Balachandran, who play other lead characters, have not been shown in the trailer.

Jallikattu is loosely based on a story written by S Hareesh, the writer who was mired in controversy earlier for his novel titled Meesha which was serialized in a magazine. The film’s music is by Prashant Pillai, who like Chemban Vinod, has been part of every one of Lijo’s movies.

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Trailer

There is only a small part of the newly released trailer of Jallikattu that shows a buffalo. The first look poster, the teaser, and the short one-liners had all suggested the presence of a buffalo on the loose. But the trailer says much more than that, as an old man narrates the tale of a land that has always been filled with animals.


Lijo Jose Pellissery’s much-discussed movie is going to release this Friday and the trailer, which was eagerly awaited, makes it even more intriguing.

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews

When my father came here first, even the bullock carts came only up to Petta. And when they reached, the place was full of elephants and porcupines,” says the old narrator, wearing a monkey cap and sitting in front of a fire. Flames keep flying across the screen as the trailer changes scenes and show men and women gather in the night. It would seem that a hunt is on.

“Even now, even with us here, this place belongs to animals. They may move around on two legs. But they are beasts,” says the old man and images from George Orwell’s book Animal Farm come to mind. A land where the animals begin to act like the two-legged humans.


At the end of the trailer, one man tells another that the tastiest meat in the world is human flesh. You are left wondering if Lijo’s movie is going to be about animals or human beings who are worse than beasts.

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Story

Chaos ensues when Varkey’s slaughter buffalo runs amok into the midst of a village. What follows is a tale of bruised beasts and egos.

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review

Anyone who has watched Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Angamali Diaries knows what this man’s control is over mob mayhem. But Jallikettu is several notches up. It proves that Lijo Jose Pellissery is the ‘king of chaos’. Jallikettu is truly beast vs animal, and it is up to you, the viewer, to decide who is who.

A buffalo runs amok before the butcher Varkeychan (Chemban Vinod) could slaughter it, causing the entire village to slip into a progressive bedlam. Nailing it then becomes a matter of masculine pride, awaking the primal instinct of every man in the village.
Jallikettu, not at all subtly, is emblematic of the gross violence we are used to in the name of masculinity. It shines a mirror at the face of the machismo we have internalized as a society. In a story that starts as man versus wild, it doesn’t take that long before a man becomes the wild.

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews

Jallikattu 2019 Movie Review & Reviews

Chemban Vinod, Antony Varghese, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran, all good actors, make their mark within the limited screen time they receive. But at the end of the day, Jallikettu will not be known for their acting alone as this is the story of a mob. The shove and push and pull of Jallikettu come from within the crowd. And that brings us to the brilliant execution of it all.

Jallikettu shines through with the spectacular and spellbinding visuals Girish Gangadharan puts forth in the race, as well as the pause. His capable lens arrests the audience precisely to what needs to be watched. Prashant Pillai is a musician who appreciates and maneuvers music and silences alike.


In Jallikettu, where frenzied chaos ensues, his nuanced music, and most often lack thereof, puts in just the right amount of sanity into the narrative so that the audience can grasp what unfolds on the screen. Aiding the fluidity of the narrative further is Renganaath Ravee’s sound design.

Jallikattu Movie Cast & Crew

Director: Lijo Jose Pellissery

Producer: Thomas Panicker

Actor: Sabumon Abdusamad

Actor: Chemban Vinod Jose

Actor: Antony Varghese

Release date: 04 Oct 2019

Language: Malayalam

Run Time: 1 hr 31 mins

Genre: Crime Drama


Jallikettu is a visual experience to behold on the big screen. A spectacle – at times unnerving, appalling – and thrilling at the same time. It is not that much about the story, but about primal machismo that drives the testosterone-y male species and the extent of havoc, man is capable of.

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