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Film Review: Jai Bhim

The movie is an answer to the long standing romanticization of police violence and state brutality by the Indian film industry. Jai Bhim lifts curtains from the eyes of the viewers and shows them the grim picture of custodial violence, police torture and misuse of the law by those in power. It breaks the idea of a police state based on power.

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Jai Bhim, indeed a movie which has achieved a lot in it’s sense. The movie might bring back the lost belief in the concept of justice and the institution of courts. Many of you might have thought this movie is based on Dr. B. R Ambedkar but that is not the case here, the name of Ambedkar is mentioned only once in the movie. The entire movie revolves around one notion that form the foundation of any human society, “Justice”.

The story revolves around a pregnant tribal woman in search of her husband who is missing from police custody, in her quest for justice a lawyer practicing at the high court comes to her rescue.

Not going into who played which character I’ll directly come into the review part. The movie has very well portrayed with scenes of tribal people working, living etc. Even the courtroom scenes are wonderfully depicted. In this review I will comment on some of the dialogues in the movie which I would say forms the foundation of our society.

In the beginning of the movie, a police constable asks to another, pointing at some low caste people, who are they? Are they orphans? To which in reply the constable says, ‘you can say so’. In the Hindi Dubbed version the dialogues are intense where the constable asks what is their mistake for which another constable replies, their birth.

This reply took me back to the suicide note of Rohit Vemula, a Dalit student who committed suicide in Hyderabad Central University due to discrimination on the fact that he is a Dalit. His letter had read “My birth is the greatest tragedy of my life”. The film has very well shown how false cases are impose upon innocents only because they belong to the lower castes. The dialogue that there is no one to speak for us, keeps recurring throughout the movie. The sections of low castes working, living at slums, their dreams to buy a home someday, their difficulties, discrimination faced by them are all mere evidence to the saying that ‘A picture speaks more than thousand words’.

Surya has done justice to his role without any doubts. His acting is up to the mark and his dialogue delivery would give goosebumps to the viewers.

Here are some more dialogues from the movie delivered by Adv. Chandru role played by Surya in the movie.

1. “Justice denied to a victim can create more damage than injustice suffered by them”.

2. Beyond words of support to justice, the court’s silence towards injustice is more dangerous.

Apart from this, there is a scene in the movie where DGP orders his subordinate police officers to drop the pregnant tribal women back to her house in their jeep on the orders of the high court. The woman refuses to sit in the jeep and walks to her home. The jeep follows the woman to her house requesting her to sit in the jeep. This scene highlights the authority of the courts and the system in which crores of people believe even today.

In another scene Adv. Chandru fumes on the Attorney General that,

“Its the fact of not knowing history that led to such cruelty towards the native tribes of the Tamil land!”. This point stands true to our society and reality more than anything. All the injustice and discrimination that is happening in our country today is because of lack of knowledge, lack of knowledge about our history.

Towards the end of the movie, Adv. Chandru in his closing arguments in front of the court says “What the court will give is not mere a judgement, but hope”. The courts today need to keep this in their minds that all those who are voiceless consider the courts as their voice; you are the last hope for all those who are languishing in jails framed under false charges. I hope that this movie will remind the court’s of their responsibility. The movie ends with one of the most beautiful things I have seen in my life, I do not have words to define it. I would only request you to watch the movie..

In conclusion, this movie looks far from reality today, but the fact which makes this movie more watchable is that it is based on real events. The movie is an answer to the long standing romanticization of police violence and state brutality by the Indian film industry. Jai Bhim lifts curtains from the eyes of the viewers and shows them the grim picture of custodial violence, police torture and misuse of the law by those in power. It breaks the idea of a police state based on power. The movie highlights those issues which existed back in 1995 and exist even today.

In the movie, the tribals who were illiterate were exploited to the extent that their existence was not acknowledged. They were even barred from voting. Apart from this the movie stands out for the legal tactics used by the Advocate. The movie is well presented in the form of a suspense thriller also.

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