Actor Suriya’s critically acclaimed film ‘Jai Bheem’ is inspiring many youngsters in Chennai to study law. Directed by TJ Gyanvel, the legal drama is based on a true 1993 incident involving a case fought by Justice K Chandru and revolves around the lives of a couple from the Irular tribe.
Set in Tamil Nadu, the film depicts the power of a lawyer and his responsibility to protect human rights, touching on the themes of inequality in the society and oppression of marginalized sections.
Inspired by the film, A Shravan, a commerce student from Chennai, has decided to study law. Mr Shravan said that though he also liked the field of law before watching the film, the Suriya-starrer helped him take the final decision.
“I want justice for sexual abuse victims because I feel they are stigmatized and punished for no fault of theirs,” said the law-seeker.
For Sharan Sathyanarayanan, a Class XII student who is planning to pursue an MBA, the film’s message of doing something to help and empower marginalized communities was relevant.
Talking about her aim to help the less-privileged sections of the society, Ms. Sathyanarayana said, “I want to make them skilled first and help them get jobs. Once they earn regular income become able to do so, they will automatically be empowered in many ways.”
Justice K Chandru, a retired judge who fought the case on which the film was made, sees the film as “meaningful cinema”. Justice Chandru helped bring justice to an Irular tribal woman whose husband was tortured and killed in police custody. On the film, Justice Chandru said, “The film shows that there are corrective mechanisms available. A fighting lawyer with the help of good policing and sensitive judiciary can help the victims get justice.”
‘Jai Bheem’ is currently the highest rated film on IMDb with a score of 9.6, thus becoming the first Indian film to do so.