What is the story about?
The film is based on the events that transpire in the lives of a poor couple, Raja kannu and Senggeni, and about how Chandru, a young lawyer, decides to fight their case.
Legal dramas abound in Indian cinema, but rarely do you find a mainstream film going into the uncomfortable territory of caste prejudices when talking about the subversion of law. Jai Bhim, therefore, is a monumental achievement. Taking inspiration from a real-life incident that happened in 1993, the film shows how the real-life Justice K. Chandru, then a struggling lawyer working for tribals, fought a case relating to the mysterious death of a farmer. It could have been very easy for any other director to portray the entire case in a highly melodramatic light, but director T.J. Gnanavel eschews sentimentalism in favour of a more dry approach, rendering several hard-hitting sequences in the film. This is a well-directed and well-acted film. Do check it out as soon as possible.
Suriya rises head and shoulders above the entire cast, with this stunning turn as Chandru. The way he deliberately under-emotes in certain sequences is fascinating to watch. Lijomol Jose and K. Manikandan are terrific as Senggeni and Rajakannu. Prakash Raj has an impactful role as IG Perumalsamy. The rest of the cast is solid.
Music & Other Departments
Sean Roldan's score and S.R. Kathir's cinematography are terrific.
Several punchy moments in the screenplay and Suriya's performance elevate this film.
No real drawbacks as such.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?