Tamil film 'Jai Bhim' lands in 'anti-Hindi' controversy for scene featuring Prakash Raj

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New Delhi Published: Nov 04, 2021, 08:37 AM(IST)

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It propagates anti-Hindi sentiment, wrote one user while others defended the scene in 'Jai Bhim' as they argued that the man in the scene was slapped by Prakash Raj for trying to “get away with speaking in Hindi" such that the character played by Raj would not understand him. 

Tamil film ‘Jai Bhim’ has found itself in the middle of a controversy for a scene featuring actor Prakash Raj who slaps a man for speaking in Hindi. Soon after the film came out on streaming platform Amazon Prime, the issue took the shape of a social media controversy, with netizens calling out the actor for participating in such a scene and the film for showing something disrespectful towards one of the Indian languages. 

It propagates anti-Hindi sentiment, wrote one user.  “I am really heartbroken after watching #JaiBhim, nothing against actor or anyone but felt really bad, there is a scene in the film where a person speaks Hindi and Prakash Raj slaps him and tells him to speak in Tamil… Honestly this kind of scene was not needed….Hope they cut it (sic)," 

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Many social media users echoed his sentiment while others defended the scene, arguing that the man in the scene was slapped by Prakash Raj for trying to “get away with speaking in Hindi" such that the character played by Raj would not understand him. 

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Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin praised the film and released a statement on Monday appreciating it. He also expressed his admiration for advocate Chandru, whose life events inspired the film Jai Bhim. He went on to say that the film reminded him of his own time in prison when arrested in 1976 during the Emergency period. 

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