Jai Bhim has surpassed the 1994 drama film The Shawshank Redemption to become the highest-rated movie on IMDB. Starring Suriya, Lijomol Jose, Rajisha Vijayan, and Prakash Raj, the film has a rating of 9.6/10 on the site with over 82,000 votes. The Shawshank Redemption has over 2.3 million votes.
On the IMDB site, the Suriya starrer has been rated 10 by over 72,000 users while 4,315 others have given it a rating of 9. However, 3.9% of the film website’s users gave it a poor rating.
The movie is currently on top of IMDB’s Top 1,000 list with The Shawshank Redemption and The Godfather occupying second and third place respectively. Interestingly, Suriya’s Soorarai Pottru has also been featured on the list. It is at number four while Sardar Udham occupies fifth place.
While Jai Bhim has received positive reviews from critics, the film has attracted several controversies ever since its release in November.
On Thursday, several members of the Kuravar tribal community staged a protest outside Suriya’s house as they felt that the film depicted their community in a poor light.
Similarly, Anbumani Ramdoss, the leader of the political party Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) released a four-page statement questioning why the film had depicted the Vanniyar community in a bad light. Suriya responded to the allegations by saying that the maker’s intention was not to hurt any individual or community.
Earlier, a scene showcasing Prakash Raj’s character slapping someone for speaking in Hindi also created a stir. Many Hindi-speaking people took to social media and accused the film of creating hatred for the Hindi language. Responding to this, Prakash Raj said, “After watching a film like Jai Bhim, they did not see the agony of the tribal people, they did not see and feel terrible about the injustice, they saw only the slap. That is all they understood; this exposes their agenda”.
Jai Bhim was released on Amazon Prime Video on November 2.