PC Sreeram, Nani express disappointment over ‘Jai Bhim’ not winning National Awards

Directed by former journalist Tha Se Gnanavel, 'Jai Bhim' featured actors Suriya, Lijomol Jose, and Manikandan in the lead roles.

BySouth First Desk

Published Aug 25, 2023 | 6:19 PMUpdatedAug 25, 2023 | 6:19 PM

Jai Bhim has not won National Awards

There was as much shock as there was happiness when the jury of the 69th National Film Awards announced the winners on Thursday, 24 August.

While there was happiness for those who bagged the awards in various categories, there was disappointment and a sense of anger at some of the most deserving films being completely ignored by the jury this year.

Prominent among the movies that people believed have been treated unjustly was director Tha Se Gnanavel’s Tamil film Jai Bhim (2021).

The film’s name became a trending topic on platform X (formerly Twitter) soon after the awards were announced. Scores of fans across the country expressed disappointment over Jai Bhim not winning a single National Award.

Related: 69th National Film Awards: Who won what? 

Prominent among those who expressed their disappointment were ace cinematographer PC Sreeram who took to platform X to ask, “We in the film fraternity are united in our happiness for this year’s #NationalAwards. Did they leave out ‘jaibeem’ due to any particular reason or is it the voice if INDIA which has them given jitters.”

Popular Telugu actor Nani, too, expressed his disappointment over Jai Bhim not finding a mention in the National Awards this year.

He simply put up a status that read: #JaiBhim” with a broken-heart symbol next to it.

Related: Winners share their happiness over winning National Awards

Shook the conscience of viewers

Actor Nani reacts to Jai Bhim not winning any awards

Actor Nani reacts to ‘Jai Bhim’ not winning any awards. (Nameisnani/ Instagram)

Directed by former journalist Tha Se Gnanavel, Jai Bhim featured actors Suriya, Lijomol Jose, and Manikandan in the lead roles.

It was inspired by the true events that happened in Tamil Nadu in the 90s and went on to emerge as a  blockbuster.

Jai Bhim told the moving story of an upright lawyer who comes to the aid of poor tribals from the Irular community.

The tribals have no means to stand up for themselves against an inhuman police force that exploits their helplessness and audaciously commits atrocities against them.

The movie shook the conscience of the nation, making it an instant hit in many languages.

It had a profound impact on not just Indians but audiences across the globe.

In fact, “Oscars” — the official YouTube channel of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — chose to feature a video of director Gnanavel explaining his critically acclaimed courtroom drama Jai Bhim under its “Scene At the Academy” segment.