The court announced the order after accepting a petition filed by members of the Vanniyar community in November 2021. The court said it would hear the case on May 20.
“Jai Bhim” was released on November 2, 2021 on Amazon Prime. The film went on to gain critical acclaim for its thought-provoking story and the nuanced performance of Suriya, who played the central role.
Following the film’s release, members of the Vanniyar community criticized the film for its poor portrayal of their community and filed a petition in court in November last year. The court has now asked the police to file a complaint about it.
After the film’s release, political group Pattali Makkal Katchi served a legal notice on Suriya demanding compensation of Rs 5 crore for allegedly tarnishing the image of the Vanniyar community.
Along with Suriya, the film also stars Lijomol Jose, Rajisha Vijayan and Manikandan in key roles. The film is based on the theme of police bias and state violence against marginalized communities.
The film has also been dubbed into Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada. Along with critical acclaim, the film also won top honors at numerous award ceremonies. “Jai Bhim” was shortlisted among eligible films at the 94th Academy Awards, but failed to make the final nominations list.