The infamous tradition from South India has been showcased in this movie
The period setting is probably an intelligent ploy to steer clear of the reigning controversy. Jallikattu was just about the only sport in 18th century Tamil Nadu, and there was no administrative disapproval of it then. Prakash told this writer on Wednesday morning over the telephone that “Ilami is a period piece, set in the temple town of Madurai — which even today is the centre of bull fight”. In ancient times, jallikattu was almost sacred and taming or killing a bull was considered an unmistakable sign of male strength and superiority.