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Vanniyar Sangam issues legal notice to Suriya, makers of Jai Bhim

The notice asks the filmmakers to desist from making or publishing any false, malicious and defamatory remarks against the Vanniyar (Hindu) caste

The Tamil Nadu president of Vanniyar Sangam has issued a legal notice to actor Suriya and TJ Gnanavel, the director of Jai Bhim demanding that the makers of the film tender an unconditional and remove scenes that they dubbed as defamatory. The legal notice asked the filmmakers to “cease and desist from making or publishing any false, malicious and defamatory remarks against (the Vanniyar) community and its people.” The notice sought damages in Rs 5 crore “within a period of seven days from the and date of receipt of this notice.”

The legal notice alleges that though the incidents represented in the are based on real life events, the character of the policeman who tortures Rajakannu has been deliberately depicted as belonging to the Vanniyar caste. “Our client states that you have retained the real names of the real characters in the real incident in the movie, but deliberately you have changed the name of the sub-inspector.” In the actual incident, the sub-inspector who is involved in the custodial death of the undertrial was Anthonysamy, who was Christian by religion, but who has been shown as a Hindu, the notice observes.

It further alleges that the filmmakers had deliberately placed a calendar with the “agni kudam” symbol associated with Vanniyar Sangam in the scene, in order to depict the said sub-inspector as Vanniyar. The notice claims that this was done with the “malafide intention of defaming the members of the Vanniyar Sangam and damaging the image and reputation of the entire Vanniyar community.”

Others named in the notice are actor Jyotika, who is Suriya’s wife, 2D Private Limited (Suriya and Jyotika’s production house) and a representative of Amazon.in.

Last week, Suriya issued a statement saying that neither he, nor his film unit had any intention of insulting any individual or community as alleged by PMK leader and former Union Health Minister, Dr Anbumani Ramadoss. Responding to the series of questions posed by the PMK leader on Jai Bhim, Suriya said in a statement: “The core concept of Jai Bhim is how, in a case argued by the retired Justice Chandru, a legal struggle was waged against the authorities to help establish justice. We have attempted to talk about the problems that indigenous people face in their everyday lives.”

Refuting the allegation that the unit of Jai Bhim had insulted a particular community in a planned manner, Suriya said, “Neither my team, nor I have ever harboured any intention at any point in to insult any individual or community as mentioned by you in your letter. I hope you are aware that corrections were carried out as soon as some people pointed out mistakes.”

The statement was addressed to Dr Ramadoss, whose party represents primarily the Vanniyar community. Suriya signed off saying, “Let us all continue in our respective paths for equality and brotherhood to grow.”

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