Malayalam Film ‘Jallikattu’ Selected for Oscars
NewsBytes
Nov 30, 2020

Director Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam movie Jallikattu has been selected as India's official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the Oscars.

A 14-member committee of the Film Federation of India, the body that picks the Indian movie submissions to the Oscars each year, made the announcement that director Lijo Jose Pellissery's Malayalam movie Jallikattu has been selected as India's official entry for the Best International Feature Film category at the Oscars. Jallikattu was chosen out of 27 films. The film revolves around a tamed buffalo that liberates itself from its owner on the eve of its scheduled slaughter and runs wild through a town in Kerala. Sharing the reason behind the movie's selection, committee chairperson Rahul Rawail said, "It is a film which really brings out the raw side of human beings, that we are worse than animals. The film has been shot very well. The emotions, which come out, moved all of us. Lijo is an extremely competent director. So, that's why we zeroed in on Jallikattu." The Oscars will be held on 25th April 2021 in Los Angeles, United States. Last year, Gully Boy was selected as India's official submission for Oscars 2020. However, so far, India has never won an award in this category.