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The Godfather Overtaken As Top Rated Film On IMDb

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The Godfather Overtaken As Top Rated Film On IMDb

There's a new film in town that's so popular, it's beaten The Godfather as the highest-rated flick on IMDb.

We're talking about Jai Bhim, a Tamil-language courtroom drama that has received high praise from critics and audiences alike. You can watch the trailer here:


It is currently the highest-rated film on IMDb with a score of 9.6/10.


Released on 2 November, the plot follows a young couple who live peacefully in a tribal community until the husband Rajakannu (K. Manikandan) is arrested and tortured by police in a false case.

When the authorities inform the pregnant wife Sengani (Lijomol Jose) that her partner had escaped custody and was missing, she turns to a human rights lawyer Chandru (Suriya) to help bring justice to the case.

The movie - set in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu - is based on a true incident that unfolded in 1993.

According to the BBC, it highlights the repression of Dalits and other tribal communities who are at the bottom of the Hindu caste social scale.


The publication reports that Dalits make up about 20 percent of India's population, and although there are laws to protect them, they continue to face discrimination.

This is the context to the hard-hitting story of Jai Bhim, which continues to wow audiences across the world.

With a 9.6 score on IMDb, it now sits above other cinematic classics such as The Godfather (9.2/10) and The Shawshank Redemption (9.3/10).

Credit: Columbia Pictures
Credit: Columbia Pictures

Firstpost critic Ashameera Aiyappan said the film, directed by TJ Gnanavel, 'beautifully shoulders the responsibility of being a decisively realistic, social, issue-based drama without being preachy'.

Meanwhile, actor Siddharth took to Twitter to write: "So proud we have made #JaiBhim.

"Hope we can reach this film as well as the awareness it raises against oppression to the marginalised Irular tribes.

"What a win for Tamil cinema."


Shailaja Teacher, a Member of Central Committee of India's communist party, added: "#JaiBhim is an inspiration for transformative change.

"Authentic portrayal of hard-hitting realities on systemic violence & social discrimination in society. Brilliant performances. Congrats to the entire team!"

So what are you waiting for? Jai Bhim is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, India

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