Why: Given the limitations of Malayalam cinema, you really need the wildness of a director like Lijo Jose Pellisery to even imagine a film about a bull running amok without the use of extensive CGI. But that’s what the work of art director Gokul Das helped in creating with a mechanical bull (actually a few of them) that could span the length of an entire film, in both daylight and night. And instead of looking forward, the makers looked back to the 70s and 80s, and to the technology employed in films like Jaws to show us what modern filmmaking and editing techniques, combined with animatronics can really do. A large section of the audience called bullshit when the makers of Jallikattu said, ‘no animals or birds were harmed in the making of this film’. A big reason for that is Gokul’s work.
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