Madras HC Quashes FIR Against Suriya's 'Jai Bhim'

An FIR was filed against Suriya and Director Gnanavelraja for allegedly hurting and disparaging the Vanniyar community in 'Jai Bhim'.

By Xappie Desk, August 15, 2022 19:23 IST

The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed the FIR that had been filed by the city police against actors Suriya Sivakumar and T J Gnanavelraja for allegedly hurting the feelings of the Vanniyar community by disparaging them in the Tamil feature film 'Jai Bhim.'
 
While issuing rulings on the pair's petition today, Justice N Sathish Kumar annulled the FIR.
 
Using the excuse that the movie painted Vanniyars in a negative light, city-based Rudhra Vanniyar Sena attorney K Santhosh requested permission from a Metropolitan Magistrate in Saidapet to file a police report against the director and the actor on May 6. As a result, on May 17, the Velachery police filed a police report (FIR) against Suriya and Gnanavelraja.
 
Suriya and Gnanavelraja claimed in their suit that the film was based on a case that Justice K Chandru, a retired judge of the High Court, handled while he was a lawyer. The names of all the other characters were changed, with the exception of his and those of the previous Inspector General of Police Perumalsamy.
 
The movie, which received an 'A' rating from the Censor Board, also did without the calendar depicting the Vanniyars.
 
The only way to see it was through an over-the-top (OTT) platform, which limited the audience. On November 1, Chief Minister M. K. Stalin watched the movie and liked the message it contained.
 
The Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival Award, the JFW Award, and the Boston International Film Festival Award were among the several national and international accolades it garnered in addition to favorable reviews from the general public.
 
The petitioners claimed that the Magistrate had ordered the FIR to be registered in a regular and mechanical manner without using thought.

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