New Delhi: Malayalam director Lijo Jose Pellissery’s film ‘Jallikattu’ has been selected as India’s official presentation for the Best International Feature Film Language category at the 93rd Oscar Awards. A 14-member committee of the Film Federation of India, which elects the Indian body anytime, announced this on Wednesday. The film has won Indian and foreign awards before going to the Oscars.
The film was first premiered on 6 September 2019 at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was highly praised. Subsequently it was released in the state of Kerala on 4 October 2019. The film was also screened at the Busan International Film Festival. The director of the film, Lijo Jose Pellisserie, received the award for Best Director at the 50th International Film Festival of India. Apart from this, the film has also received other awards.
What is the story of the film Kalan Varkey is a butcher who cuts buffalo. The entire village is dependent on its own chopped meat. Just then, a ferocious buffalo runs away and then goes to the whole village to capture him. The entire film revolves around a buffalo, who frees himself from his master on the eve of his scheduled slaughterhouse. The film also carries several side stories in which the problems of poverty, illiteracy, unemployment of the village have been raised. The film stars Antony Varghese, Chamban Vinod Jose, Sainthi Balachandran in the lead roles. The film is based on the Maoist short story of S. Haresh, who also wrote the screenplay with R. Jayakumar.