Tamil star Suriya’s critically-acclaimed 2021 movie, Jai Bhim, was a bold and realistic take on caste atrocities in India. Why we are talking about it right now? You ask. ‘Coz the film has been well-received beyond the borders.
Jai Bhim was recently screened at the Beijing International Film Festival this year and it made the audience quite emotional. A video of the moment from the screening is going viral on Twitter.
The clip posted by a Twitter user, @scribe_it shows a scene being played on the big screen in which a man from marginalised Irula tribe is talking to his pregnant wife after being brutally beaten up by the police. Reason? Apparently for stealing jewellery. Chinese audience start crying as they watch the hard-hitting sequence.
The tweet reads:
If the world becomes more aware of atrocities on Dalits and Adivasi through films like #Jaibhim then it would be better (sic).
Watch the video here:
Netizens have something to say about the video.
But most of the ppl ignore these movies as they ignore how great the dr.ambedkar is !!— zinal (@GohilZinal) August 20, 2022
Jai Bhim Film is truest face of Indian cinema. South cinema is Zindabad. Suriya Bhai Zindabad.— kuldeep singh (@kuldeep13343655) August 21, 2022
Jai Bhim mania never ends. Ruling the hearts of Chinese audiences (sic).
#Suriya ‘s #JaiBhim wins beyond boundaries. ‘Jai Bhim’ has been selected for the #BeijingFilmFestival 2022, and the film had its screening recently. The audience turned teary eyes after watching the excellent film. https://t.co/71lvx5URBh— Aakash 🇮🇳 (@Aksh5493) August 21, 2022
According to Times of India, Jai Bhim was selected for the Beijing International Film Festival under several categories for Oscar preliminary nominations. Though, the film didn’t reach the finals, it surely won the hearts of the audience.
Jai Bhim is based on a real-life incident from 1993 which involved a case led by Justice K. Chandru. Suriya played the lead role of Advocate Chandru who fought for the rights of the marginalised couple and their community in the film. Actors Manikandan and Lijimol Jose were cast as the Irula couple Rajakannu and Sengeni.
The film was premiered on Amazon Prime Video during its release. Have you watched it yet?