The story is taking place in a small village Karakkudy, in Tamil Nadu. With slight white beard and moustache, Lal gets a new look of that of a serious fifty-year-old man. He plays the role of Siva, the landlord of Karakkudy village. Jilla narrates the story of the bondage between Siva and his adopted son Shakthi. Vijay is seen as Shakthi in the film. The movie Jilla, has adopted the crude culture of Madurai into it.
The movie has one more highlight adding to it. Poornima Bhagyaraj, who was Mohanlal's first heroine in his first film, is playing opposite him in this film. Titled Manjil Virinja Pookkal, the movie had Mohanlal playing the villain and Poornima as the female lead. And after many years, they are teaming up again as hero and heroine.
Jilla has a prolonged shooting schedule for six months, and so it is scheduled for a Pongal release.