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'Jallikattu' is loosely based on a story written by S Hareesh and appears to be about a buffalo running amok in a village.

Much like his previous movie Ee.Ma.Yau, Lijo Jose Pellissery’s Jallikattu appears to have been shot quite a lot at night. The teaser, released a little after 5 pm on Friday, has a bunch of men trying to get hold of something that you don’t see in the night, but in the daylight, you see a buffalo running amok, pulling down trees, creating mayhem in the street. Men chase after it, men are dragged by it. While all this happens, you hear a letter read out by two middle-aged men, a memorandum addressed to the District Collector, about Mahisha (a god) brought for sale at an illegal slaughter house.

The lead actors of the film – Anthony Varghese, Chemban Vinod and Santhy Balachandran – are not seen in the teaser.

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

The film has been much talked about ever since its intriguing posters came out and it won a lot of appreciation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where it premiered this month.

In December last year, when Lijo's movie Ee. Ma. Yau, won two awards at the International Film Festival of India, the director said that he went for the festival, breaking the shooting schedule of his new film Jallikattu. All he could then reveal about the film was that it is a man and animal story.

Anthony Varghese was Lijo's hero in Angamaly Diaries, which too was critically acclaimed. Chemban has been part of nearly all of Lijo's movies, since their debut film Nayakan. Only in Angamaly Diaries, he made a cameo appearance, possibly because he wrote the script of the film. Santhy Balachandran has acted in a few movies and is also active in theatre.

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