An eight-part documentary series is being made on the Oscar entry film ‘Jallikattu.’
The team behind the upcoming documentary had to go through 40,000 video clips to cover in detail what took place behind the actual film.
“It is an attempt to examine in detail the effort of every department involved in the film’s making, and provide insight for aspiring filmmakers and film students. There are around 40,000 clips. Since there is plenty of material, we looked at multiple possibilities to present them during the editing stage.
“The documentary format is still strange to many and is enjoyed only by a niche audience. Only a few people enjoy the documentaries on Netflix, which are quite well-made and fascinating. We have tried to maintain the same standard in our work too.”
Jallikattu directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery is a Malayalam film that received immense recognition and widespread acclaim when it was released in Kerala in October 2019 and then went on to be showcased internationally.
The plot revolves around a bull that escapes and creates havoc in the village of Idukki. The whole village decides to get together with the mission to catch hold of the bull albeit they are faced with numerous obstacles and challenges in the bargain.
The film delves deep into the complex layers of human nature, raw masculinity, and human treatment towards animals. It also looks into the nature of a stubborn animal that refuses to be tamed.
The name of the film arises from the traditional sport ‘Jallikattu’ that takes place in Tamil Nadu during Pongal where a bull is released amidst huge crowds with the idea to take command over it. The animal of course tries its best to escape the scene.
The film is visually electrifying and is based on a short story written S Hareesh.