‘Jai Bhim’ – A Gut-Wrenching Verisimilitude

Dr. Ambedkar quoted these words many decades back. However, his words are ever relevant and the suffering of tribals and lower castes in many parts of the country is a reality. TJ Gnanavel directed Suriya’s latest flick, Jai Bhim explores deep into this reality. Jai Bhim willfully portrays the monstrosity embossed upon the underprivileged by […]

““Freedom of mind is the real freedom. A person whose mind is not free though he may not be in chains is a slave, not a free man. One whose mind is not free, though he may not be in prison, is a prisoner and not a free man. One whose mind is not free though alive is no better than dead. Freedom of mind is the proof of one’s existence.”

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Dr. Ambedkar quoted these words many decades back. However, his words are ever relevant and the suffering of tribals and lower castes in many parts of the country is a reality. TJ Gnanavel directed Suriya’s latest flick, Jai Bhim explores deep into this reality. Jai Bhim willfully portrays the monstrosity embossed upon the underprivileged by the privileged and their stout fight for justice.

The story revolves around Rajakannu (Manikandan), and Sengani (Lijomol Jose), a tribal couple. The story gets into pace when Rajakannu was falsely arrested for a theft and Sengani starts her fight for justice for her husband. Suriya, who played lawyer Chandru, flabbergasted the audience with his portrayal of subtle emotions and gives a realistic performance.

TJ Gnanavel’s direction brings out the raw, real, and brutal depiction of Police violence. It succeeded in bringing out the monstrosities against the tribals in Tamil Nadu. Lijomol Jose requisites applause for being the protagonist Sengani along with Manikandan. Rajisha Vijayan who played Mythra and Prakash Raj who played IG Periyaswamy also did justice to their screen space.

On the negative side, normal legal instances seem to be filled with over-drama. A leading High Court advocate thinking hours and hours to remember that a Habeas Corpus can be a solution to a man-missing case seems dramatic. Likewise, some minute exaggerations were there, which can be excused considering it is a commercial film to satisfy the masses too.

Overall, Jai Bhim is a must-watch gripping film that portrayed the disturbing reality of the oppressed class. However, it won’t be a cup of tea for those who expect a masala Kollywood flick.