A Tamil language Indian film, the title is a spin off from slogan used by followers of Dr. BR Ambedkar. Based on a true story in 1993-94 the movie poignantly highlights victimization of the vulnerable and side-lined tribal communities such as the Irula tribe shown in the movie.
Sengeni (Lijomol Jose) and Rajakannu (Manikandan) are a happily married couple belonging to the Irula tribe. Over the years the legacy of the tribe is reduced to catching rats and snakes. They work in the fields of upper cast men. One day, Rajakannu is picked up for questioning in a suspected theft case and does not return home after several days. He is brutally beaten and tortured in jail. A distraught pregnant Sengeni runs from pillar to post seeking justice, but to no avail. The police tell her that he and his associates are absconding as they escaped from prison. Through a social activist teacher, she learns about advocate Chandru who is a human rights lawyer. After listening to her story, Chandru files a Habeas corpus petition. Chandru is convinced there is a cover up and proceeds to investigate the case only to learn that Rajakannu died due to injuries from severe beating in jail and police used all possible methods to cover up. When Chandru is able to prove that Rajakannu’s was a case of custodial death, the Court orders for punishment of all cops involved. The cops are imprisoned and fined. The government gives her land to build a home which was Rajakannu’s dream.
The film, released on OTT, won critical reviews for its plot and intense/ poignant performance by a stellar cast spearheaded by Suriya, Lijomol and Manikandan. The movie is based on Justice K. Chandru in real life who has to his credit disposing off 96,000 cases in his tenure. This is a true story of a case he fought when he was practicing as a lawyer. Despite casteist aspersions and controversy, the movie is seen an important milestone in the history of Tamil cinema. The film has been nominated in the best film category at the Oscars. A scene from the fil was listed on the Oscar’s official Youtube channel. A must watch even with subtitles.