Although it is similar to the Spanish running of the bulls, in Jallikattu, the bull is not killed and the 'matadors' try to ride the bull or take off a pennant from the bulls horns. More often that not it is the tamilian "matador" who is injured. A specific breed of cattle is bred for this purpose and the bull is supposed to be naturally aggressive.
Several movies featuring Jallikattu have been made in Tamil. The most popular among them is Murattu Kalai starring Rajinikanth who plays the role of a professional bull tamer. Virumaandi, released in 2004, has kamal Hassan playing a similiar role and he is also known to have acted without stunt doubles.