No strict actions on Suriya over Jai Bhim: An order from Madras High Court!

The Madras High Court has ordered that no strict action should be taken against 'Jai Bhim' crew including the actor Suriya, which was filed by Vanniyar Senar Organization till adjourning the hearing on the petition by Suriya and Gnanavel to July 21.

The film 'Jai Bhim' directed by TJ Gananvel, is based on a true incident in 1993, which involves a case fought by Justice K. Chandru, who fought for justice for the Irular community. Jai Bhim was released on Amazon Prime Video on 2 November 2021, as part of a multi-film deal signed by 2D Entertainment. The film stars Suriya with Lijomol Jose and Manikandan in the lead. Whilst Rajisha Vijayan, Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh and others in supporting roles.

Santhosh, the founder of the Rudra Vanniyar Sena organization, filed a complaint in the Saidapet court demanding action against the producers Surya, Jyotika, director Gnanavel, and others, claiming that the scenes in the 2021 released 'Jai Bhim', defaming the name of their revered Guru was set. In their petition, they demanded the objectionable scenes be removed. In one of the scenes in the film, when the villain was shown, the background of the calendar showing the fiery urn, which is said to be the symbol of the Vanniyars, was deliberate. 

Against this, Surya, Gnanavel and others filed an appeal in the Chennai High Court seeking to quash the case and stay the investigation. The case came up on Monday, and subsequently, the order was issued by Madras High Court. Although, the movie launched in early November, and has garnered critical acclaim for telling the story of the Irular tribe, a Scheduled Tribe clan suffering unspeakable hardships in Tamil society.

The justice hearing the case, stated that the film, 'Jai Bhim' has also been reported that there is no evidence to say that the scenes have been set up to humiliate the Vanniya community. Also, the justice adjourned the hearing on the petition filed by Surya and Gnanavel to July 21 and ordered that no strict action should be taken in the case till then.