Movie: Jai Bhim
Rating: N / A
Banner: 2D entertainment
To throw: Suriya, Lijomol José, K. Manikandan, Prakash Raj, Rajisha Vijayan, Rao Ramesh
Cinematography: SR Kathir
Editing : Philomin raj
Music: Sean roldan
Producers: Suriya, Jyothika
Direction: TJ Gnanavel
Release date: November 2, 2021
Diffusion: Amazon prime
After “Aakasam Nee Haddu Ra”, Suriya starred in another content-focused film. He is also the producer of this latest drama titled “Jai Bhim.” Like “Aakasam Nee Haddu Ra,” this new film also premiered direct on Amazon Prime skipping the way to the cinema.
First of all, “Jai Bhim” is not a commercial film. It’s a content rich film that’s anchored by a leading star. Suriya doesn’t have a romantic thread, and he doesn’t perform stunt action either. Almost after 30 minutes of running, he quietly makes an appearance.
Based on real cases linked to the Irula tribes in the district of Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, the story is set in 1995. The version dubbed in Telugu is set in Konaseema in Andhra Pradesh.
Rajanna (Manikandan) and Sinatalli (Lijomol Jose) are a tribal couple, live in a hut. Sinatalli is expecting her second child with her husband, Rajanna goes to a faraway place in search of work, as he promises to build a house. He is also a snake charmer. A few days before he leaves for work, the village president calls him to catch a snake at their house. When jewelry was stolen from the president’s home, the police were understandably suspicious of Rajanna.
Police torture Sinatalli by asking him to reveal Rajanna’s whereabouts. With the help of the local teacher Mithras, Sinatalli approached Chandru (Surya), a militant activist, for justice. Chandru files a Habeas Corpus petition asking the police to bring Rajanna to court. The rest of the drama is Chandru’s fight for justice which unveils shocking truths about the police system and torture in detention.
“Jai Bhim” is the latest Tamil film which focused on the abuse of power after “Visaannai” and “Karnan”. The film begins with the note that it is based on actual incidents. The character depicted by Suriya is also inspired by a famous lawyer from Tamilnadu, Chandru, who later became a judge at the Madras High Court. New director TS Gnanavel used a documentary approach to tell this true story, using no commercial ingredients. There are songs in the movie. But they are not the usual routine of song and dance.
The narrative focuses entirely on the tribals, police harassment, and court proceedings. More than anything else, the director skillfully projects how marginalized people end up in bad cases.
While the director’s intention is laudable, he captured the torture footage in custody in a totally raw way. They are difficult to watch. Also, the film with its 2:45 loses its firm rhythm after a while. The courtroom scenes also lack a dramatic feel. As many crude and raw oppression films have appeared in the recent past, some footage doesn’t have much impact.
The main strengths are the performance and realistic settings. Lijomol Jose as a Sinatalli tribal woman and Manikandan as Rajanna are great.
Suriya enters the scene 30 minutes after the story begins, but he owns the film with his star power and commendable performances. As a lawyer, he looks like a brand. Prakash Raj as IG and Rao Ramesh as Advocate General offer a credible act.
Music, cinematography, and production design are appropriate for the theme.
To come to the dubbing part in Telugu, the dialogue is poorly translated.
Overall, “Jai Bhim” is a gripping legal drama, with good performance but with a raw approach. It might appeal to those who enjoy serious documentary-type movies.
If this movie had been released in theaters, it wouldn’t have worked. It’s a perfect movie for OTT.
At the end of the line : Sincerely done with a real incident