The “Jai Bhim” movie is a persecution tale of the Indigenous people of India. It is loosely inspired by the real-life court case of Justice Krishnaswami Chandru of Tamil Nadu.
We learnt that Justice Krishnaswami Chandru assisted in developing this case as a documented script for a movie. In a way, this film offers a peek into the issue of casteism.
Synopsis of the Jai Bhim (2021) movie
A pregnant woman from a primitive tribal community searches desperately for her husband, who is missing from police custody. To find her husband and seek justice for them, as their voice, a High Court advocate rises in support.
Will their battle for justice succeed?
Ratings of the Jai Bhim (2021) movie
|Rotten Tomatoes ratings as of the date
|100% Tomatometer & 100% Audience Score
|Ranjani Krishnakumar / Rotten Tomatoes
|This film is a solid film held together by crafty writing, thoughtful filmmaking, restrained performances and a true incident of the justice system restoring hope.
Spoiler Free Review of the Jai Bhim (2021) movie
Inspired by a real-life court case
This film is based on the true incident from 1993, wherein the indigenous tribal persons were wrongly arrested. And then were
allegedly tortured by the police in Tamilnadu, India. Advocate Chandru (in the 1990s period) fought for justice in the courtroom, on behalf of arrested indigenous tribal people. This courtroom drama depicts focuses on the same.
A fictionalized and dramatized version
It is worth noting that the real-life court case involving indigenous people and the state police kept on going for more than a decade long period, however, the makers have reduced this court-case period to approximately a year time in this movie. However, one can imagine the plight of innocent indigenous tribal persons, who spent decades in jail.
This movie is not a typical masala film from India, that allows you to escape the truth of the matter. However, we did not like – this fictional tale (inspired by a true incident in 1990s India) condensed the timeline to a year (from a real period of more than a decade) in this legal drama involving a court case in India. Nevertheless, it seems that the film has taken a few artistic liberties to bring us this important social-political-legal tale.
Why should one watch it?
For the indigenous (tribal/adivasi) people, the ground realities (social-political-legal) have not improved much, even in the new India of 2023. We recommend you all, watch this movie, because of the realistic subject matter, well-written script, and captivating acting by both Lijo Mol Jose and Suriya.
It was released on Prime Video in November 2021, and then it received universal acclaim from critics in India. Later, this film was India’s official entry to the 94th Academy Awards (its details shared below) but it failed to make the shortlist. Still, it is an important story of our times. The team behind this film must be praised for undertaking a journey into the unequal world of Indian society.
Watch this film, if you wish to learn about the harsh social realities in the rural areas – the proverbial backyard of India.
Spoiler Alert – the harsh social and institutional reality in India
Justice Krishnaswami Chandru describes the real-life cases in India
Please allow us to share the excerpts from the said article to highlight the harsh ground realities, that exist for the indigenous tribal communities of India in 2023.
Poster of the Jai Bhim (2021) movie
Key details of the Jai Bhim (2021) movie:
|Crime, Drama, Mystery
|T.J. Gnanavel & Rajendra Sapre
|Suriya, Lijo Mol Jose, Manikandan K, etc.
Trailer of the Jai Bhim (2021) movie
Awards won by the Jai Bhim (2021) movie
|Filmfare Awards South 2022
|Jai Bhim – Tamil Film Industry – Best Film
Lijo Mol Jose – Tamil Film Industry – Best Actress
|Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards 2022
|Jai Bhim – Best Film
Suriya – Best Actor
Lijo Mol Jose – Best Actress
T.J. Gnanavel – Best Director
Focus:- It was the India’s official entry to the Oscar Awards
If you like legal courtroom drama inspired by real-life incidents, then check out our FM article about Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai film, too.
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