Indian film “Jai Bhim” elicits warm reaction in China, linked to hot lawsuit

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The film’s main roles, Chandru (right) and Sengeni Photo: screenshot of the music video posted on Sina Weibo

The Indian Legal Drama Film 2021 Jai Bhim received a warm response on Chinese social media and its review platforms as Chinese netizens linked the film’s story to a real murder trial involving a Chinese woman murdered in Japan.

The film directed by TJ Gnanavel and starring Suriya and Lijomol Jose with Manikandan and Rajisha Vijayan is also based on a true affair that took place in 1993.

The story centers on Sengeni and Rajakannu, a couple from the Irular tribe. Rajakannu is arrested by the police and later disappears from the police station. Sengeni enlists the help of a lawyer, Chandru, to obtain justice for her husband. Chandru files a habeas corpus case that he continues to appeal to find more truth.

India’s caste system is also shown in the film and the thinking about the system has received compliments from Chinese netizens.

The film scored 8.7 / 10 on China’s leading media reviews platform Douban out of nearly 20,000 reviews.

India’s social issues such as the caste system and corruption reflected in the film shocked internet users, especially the caste system which brings a lot of injustice to lower caste people.

“The film that can reveal these dark sides of Indian society proves that it is meaningful work,” commented a reviewer on Douban.

Shi Wenxue, a Beijing-based film critic, told the Global Times that India elevates films to the top of cultural strategy and makes films part of the country’s soft power, which helps improve the quality of production. movies.

Some Chinese netizens have pointed out that Sengeni’s experience is similar to that of Jiang Qiulian, the mother of a Chinese student murdered in Japan.

The mother won a lawsuit against Liu Nuanxi, her daughter’s former roommate on Monday, as the court ruled that the roommate should take responsibility as she locked the victim outside their apartment while the victim was attacked. by Liu’s stalker ex-boyfriend.

Liu, who changed her name from Liu Xin, was ordered by a court in Qingdao, east China’s Shandong Province, to compensate Jiang with a total of 696,000 yuan ($ 109,193).

The judgment results from Jiang’s continued trial for more than three years. The lawsuit was highlighted on the Chinese social media platform and repeatedly trended on Sina Weibo.

Many Chinese netizens backed Jiang’s attempt to seek compensation from Liu and said his victory showed the fairness of the justice system.

“The woman in the film is as strong-minded as Jiang Ge’s mother who spent millions of yuan to seek justice for her daughter,” one Sina Weibo user commented.

Wife Sengeni’s faith and love for her husband and Chandru’s sense of justice touched many Chinese audiences. Sengeni insisted on seeking justice for her husband, which is seen as similar to Jiang’s persistence for her daughter.

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