Vanniyar Community Blames ‘Jai Bhim’ For Wrongful Depiction, Demand Apology And Rs 5 Crore

Legal notice has been issued to actor Suriya, his wife and actor-producer Jyotika, director T.J. Gnanavel and Amazon Prime, the makers of the movie Jai Bhim, by Vinnayar Sangam. They were seeking removal of scenes which allegedly showed the Vanniyar community in Tamil Nadu in poor light. Not only this, they have also demanded a compensation of Rs. 5 crore “within a period of seven days from the time and date of receipt of this notice.”

Sources said that a group of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) cadres raised slogans outside the Peerless theatre on Park Avenue Road that was screening ‘Vel’, a Suriya film. Also, the theatre management pulled out the film that was being screened.

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Moreover, according to the news report of Koimoi, PMK’s Mayiladuthurai district secretary Pannerselvam, who said that the PMK would not allow any Suriya film to be screened in Mayiladuthurai, went on to announce a reward of Rs one lakh to anybody who assaults the actor when he visits the district.

Meanwhile, recently Suriya has responded to all the allegations kindly and politely, saying that no one from the film’s team had any intention of hurting any single individual or a particular community.

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Speaking of the film ‘Jai Bhim’, it was released recently in languages including Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The film, though based on a true incident of custodial torture and death of a tribal man in 1995 in Tamil Nadu it had elements of fiction.

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