The film, directed by TJ Gnanavel, revolves around police discrimination meted out against marginalised communities
Suriya's critically acclaimed anti-caste film Jai Bhim has achieved yet another major milestone. The film has now made it to the official selection in the Indian Panorama section at 53rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The Indian Panorama today announced the selection of 25 feature films and 20 non-feature films that will be showcased at the IFFI to be held from November 20-28, 2022 in Goa. Among the Tamil films, Jai Bhim, directed by TJ Gnanavel has made it to the list along with Kida (Ra Venkat) and Kurangu Pedal (Kamalakannan S). As for the non-feature films' list, Little Wings by Naveenkumar Muthaiah has made it to the list.
Taking to his social media page, Rajsekar Pandian, CEO of 2D Entertainment that bankrolled the film, wrote, "Indian Panorama Announces Official Selection for 53rd IFFI 2022 #JaiBhim #Jyotika @Suriya_offl @tjgnan @RSeanRoldan @srkathiir @k_kadhirr @philoedit #Manokandan @jose_lijomol @2D_ENTPVTLTD @PrimeVideoIN @SonyMusicSouth (sic)"
Jai Bhim had a direct release on OTT as the film hit screens in 2021 during the peak of the pandemic. The legal drama is inspired by a real-life incident which involved a case fought by Justice K Chandru. The plot revolves around police bias and the discrimination meted against people from the marginalised communities. Jai Bhim revolves around an Irular couple, namely Rasakannu and Sengeni, who are victims of police brutality. Suriya played the character of advocate Chandru in the film, who takes up their case.
Music for the film was by Sean Roldon. Cinematography was by SR Kathir and editing was by Philomin Raj. The film opened to universal positive reviews and was also long-listed for the 94th Academy Awards. The film was screened at the 9th edition of Noida International Film Festival earlier this year and was also screened at the 20th edition of Pune International Film Festival. Jai Bhim has been considered a landmark in Suriya's career.