The movie is based on S Hareesh's short story Maoist. Jallikattu starring Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose, Sabumon Abdusamad and Santhy Balachandran is directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery.

Jallikattu has received many appreciations since its release. The jury cited the reason behind choosing this film is its theme, Lijo Jose Pellissery's direction, and production quality. Rahul Rawail, head of the Jury board said, "It is a film which really brings out the raw side of human beings, that we are worse than animals. Human instincts are worse than animals. The film has been depicted wonderfully. It's a production that all of us should be proud of. 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."

Last year, Gully Boy directed by Zoya Akhtar was India's official entry to the Oscars, but it didn't make it to the nominations. It was only Lagaan that got nominated in the category back in 2002.