The story revolves around a young attractive model Jessica, who is shot dead at a bar by Manish, son of a prominent politician, just for refusing to serve a drink after the closing of the bar. Out of 300 Delhi's swish set present at the party, none of the witnesses turn up at the court against Manish. This is when Jessica's s...more
The story revolves around a young attractive model Jessica, who is shot dead at a bar by Manish, son of a prominent politician, just for refusing to serve a drink after the closing of the bar. Out of 300 Delhi's swish set present at the party, none of the witnesses turn up at the court against Manish. This is when Jessica's sister, Sabrina and a committed TV reporter Meera decide to drum up every resource at their disposal so as to get justice. less
“A brave and impactful attempt! Watching it is worth every penny.”
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Based on the path breaking Jessica Lal murder case, No One Killed Jessica is a part factual, part fictional account of the murder, the elaborate cover up, and the subsequent media-driven reopening of the trial ultimately leading to Manu Sharma getting a life imprisonment.
Films based on real life incidents havent been many in Bollywood, and the good ones amongst them are even fewer. Shoot Out In Lokhandwaala is the last decent one that comes to my mind in this genre.
No One Killed Jessica can easily be divided into two parts, the fact and the fiction, the subtle and the over-the-top, the good and the not so good.
Director Rajkumar Gupta digs deep into the rich material available on the whole incident, and gets the setting almost perfect. His camera ruthlessly follows the labyrinthine lanes of Delhis power circles, as evidence was mangled, witnesses bought and verdicts pre-decided by the accused. Sabrinas (Jessicas sister) trials in trying to get at least a decent hearing for her sisters cold blooded murder and her helplessness is shown movingly. So is the public outrage following the media outrage that forced the powers to be to re-look the case.
The films music is almost an independent character in itself. The stupendous score, especially the fast paced Dilli Dilli and the shocking Aitebaar, capture the mood and essence of the plot and the film bang on. Amit Trivedi can take a bow.
Where the film falters though, is the mix of fiction. Factual liberties are too gaping, especially in a case which has literally lived and unfolded right in the middle of the public glare. Tehelka, which spearheaded the media expose, doesnt find a mention. In fact the entire role of the media in the case seems ham-handedly presented.
Vidya Balan, as Sabrina Lal, sizzles in an understated deglam role. She brings a sense of grit and determination to the role, and makes one empathize with the anguishh and will to fight the system come what may.
Rani Mukherjee on the contrast, is the exact opposite. Her character of a journalist is perpetually on a hyperbole, yet is a cleaver pivot to Vidyas subtle nature. In a way representing all those TV journalists who risked lives to bring the truth out in the open, she sometimes tries too hard. The biggest glitch being her constant cussing and in your face attitude that comes across as a tad too artificial , jarring the otherwise real feel of the film. It is a treat though to watch her in action after so long, and in a decent movie like this.
No One Killed Jessica is definitely a very good start to the new year. A brave film, it definitely has an impact. I just wish the film was grittier, and a bit more stark. Watch it, it definitely is worth every penny.