In the loud cacophony of Bollywood beautiful gems of regional movies are often lost. But Suriya’s Tamil masterpiece, “Jai Bhim” could not go unnoticed.
For the first time ever, a Tamil movie has been added to the Oscars’ library as a part of the ‘Scene at the Academy’ section on its official YouTube channel. The Academy runs this special section for their members and fans worldwide where they feature a meticulously curated scene that speaks of the importance of filmmaking and highlights how cinema could be a powerful tool in storytelling with the potential to change the world. As mentioned on their website, “Scene at the Academy is an opportunity to create exclusive content – spotlighting the filmmaking and creative process behind the movies – for the Academy’s global members and fans.”
“Jai Bhim” touches upon the subject of caste divide and is based on a true incident that took place in 1993. Directed by TJ Gnanavel, it is a hard-hitting courtroom drama about the fight for the oppressed and caste-based discrimination. The film features Suriya in the role of real-life lawyer Chandru, who dedicated his life fighting for the oppressed without charging a single penny.
The YouTube channel of the Academy Awards states, “Jai Bhim weaves in real case studies helmed by Activist-Lawyer Chandru, who brought justice to indigenous tribes in Tamilnadu through his relentless efforts. Writer-director TJ Gnanavel reveals how the story narrative was formed and executed.”
Watch the video here:
“Jai Bhim” has also been nominated for the Golden Globes Awards 2022 under the ‘Best Non-English Language Film’ category. The concluding line of Jai Bhim’s description on the Golden Globe Awards official page reads, “Jai Bhim” is currently the highest user-rated film on IMDb with a score of 9.6. It surpassed the ratings of The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather.”
“Jai Bhim” might not be India’s official entry at the Oscars this year but it’s still putting the industry on the world map. Kudos!
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