Confusion results when Varkey’s killing buffalo runs amok into the middle of a village. What follows is a tale of wounded beasts and egos.
Jallikattu Movie Review:
Anyone who has seen Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Angamali Diaries understands what this man’s power is over mob mayhem. But Jallikettu is many notches up.
It shows that Lijo Jose Pellissery is the ‘king of chaos’. Jallikettu is really beast vs animal, and it is up to you, the viewer, to determine who is who.
A buffalo runs amok before the killer Varkeychan (Chemban Vinod) could kill it, causing the whole village to slip into a progressive bedlam. Nailing it then displays a matter of masculine pride, awaking the primal instinct of every man in the town.
Jallikettu, not at all subtly, is indicative of the gross violence we used to in the name of power. It reflects a mirror at the face of the machismo we have internalised as a community. In a story that begins as man versus wild, it doesn’t take that long before a man becomes the natural.
Chemban Vinod, Antony Varghese, Santhy Balachandran and Sabumon Abdusamad, all great actors, make their mark within the limited screen time they get. But at the end of the day, Jallikettu will not be known for their performance simply as this is the story of a mob.
The shove and push and pull of Jallikettu come from within the company. And that brings us to the brilliant performance of it all.
Jallikettu shines through with the dramatic 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 watch. Prashant Pillai is a musician who understands and manoeuvres music and silences alike.
In Jallikettu, where frenzied confusion ensues, his nuanced phrasing, and most often need thereof,
Puts in just the right amount of intelligence into the narrative so that the audience can grasp what unfolds on the screen. Aiding the fluidity of the story further is Renganaath Ravee’s sound design.
Jallikettu is based on a little story, titled Maoist, written by Hareesh S. And he adapts it for the screen simultaneously with Jayakumar. However, Jallikettu is more limited of a story and more a situation. And having few conversations throughout works in amazing places, but also leaves a lot quiet.
Jallikettu is a visual sense to behold on the big screen. A spectacle – at times unnerving, appalling – and exciting 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. This is Jallikattu Movie Review