Context: Malayalam film Jallikattu, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has been selected as India’s official entry for the Best International Feature Film category for the 93rd Academy Awards.
- Jallikattu is the third Malayalam film after Guru (1997) and Adaminte Makan Abu (2011) to be chosen as the country’s official entry for the Oscars.
- Based on Novel ‘Maoist’: Based on writer S. Hareesh’s acclaimed story Maoist, the film that explores the human psyche follows a buffalo that escapes the butcher’s hold when he is about to slaughter it. The beast runs helter-skelter, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
Indians films who got nominated for Oscars: The Indian film to get nominated in the category, earlier known as the Best Foreign Language Film, are:
- Lagaan in 2001
- Mother India (1957)
- Salaam Bombay! (1988)
- It is a popular bull taming sport held during Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
- The sport requires fighters to pounce on a running bull, try to hold on to its hump and move along with the animal without falling or getting hurt.
- In 2017, Tamil Nadu saw massive popular protests demanding that the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government take legal steps to hold jallikattu.
- Dated tradition: An ancient reference to bull taming is found in a seal discovered at Mohenjodaro, which is dated between 2,500 BC and 1,800 BC. The sport was called Eru thazuval or “embracing the bull”.