Indian film industry today got a headline with Malayalam feature "Jallikattu", directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, selected as the official entry for the International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards.
"Jallikattu", was unanimously chosen from 27 entries across Hindi, Marathi and other languages. It is about a tribe of men coming together to stop a bull that has run amok in their village.
"There were a total of 27 films that had entered the race from Hindi, Malayalam and Marathi. The film which has been nominated by the jury to represent India at the Oscars is the Malayalam film 'Jallikattu'.
"It is a film that really brings out the raw problems which are there in human beings, that is we are worse than animals," filmmaker Rahul Rawail, Chairman, Jury Board, Film Federation of India, told reporters in an online press conference on Wednesday.
The film derives its name from the popular-yet-controversial bull-taming event from the South. It is based on a short story by Hareesh.
It features actors Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran.