On Tuesday, the Oscars posted a scene from Suriya’s Tamil film Jai Bhim on their Youtube channel’s ‘Scene At the Academy’ section. The hard-hitting moment is from the opening sequence of Suriya’s film Jai Bhim, in which he plays activist-lawyer Chandru.
The scene focuses on a group of people who have recently been freed from a local jail and are being awaited by their relatives. They’re stopped and asked about their caste as they walk out. Those from the lowest castes are told to remain at home, booked in pending cases, and given over to the local police, who pay the prison official to transport them.
Jai Bhim, which aired straight on Amazon Prime last year, focuses on the innocent and hardworking lives of an oppressed tribe, whose members find delight in the little things in life despite having no land to call their own or a solid roof over their heads.
Prakash Raj, Rao Ramesh, Rajisha Vijayan, and Lijo Mol Jose are among the cast members.
Suriya had remarked that he was proud to tell the storey of “courage and faith in pursuit of justice” while talking about being a part of the film and producing it on his own. The actor plays a lawyer who fights for the rights of tribal groups to their lands in the film.
Suriya’s second direct-to-DVD release, following Soorarai Pottru, was Jai Bhim. After films like Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum and Udanpirappe, it was his third production endeavour to go OTT.
When the film was first released, a segment of the public was offended by a moment in which a calendar image showed a community emblem. To avoid offending people’s feelings, the creators substituted a picture of goddess Lakshmi for the communal sign.