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No one killed jessica

Discussion in 'Movies' started by NitiSaini, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. NitiSaini

    NitiSaini Senior IL'ite

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    I am eagerly awaiting the release of the movie NO ONE KILLED JESSICA. Among others the movie stars Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan. The movie is directed by Raj Kumar Gupta and produced by UTV Spot boy. After a long time, I will be able to see my favorite actress Rani Mukherjee on the silver screen.It may be recalled that at least two or three movie starring Rani Mukherjee had an indifferent innings at the box office. This includes the film DIL BOLE HADIPPA.
    The movie will be of considerable interest for Delhites. It may be recalled that Jessica Lal was shot dead at a party in a Delhi farmhouse for refusing to serve wine after curfew time. The director has said that the title of the movie is based on a heading in a leading daily newspaper.





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    piyagupta Senior IL'ite

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    Yesterday, Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan visited Kolkata to promote “No One Killed Jessica”.
    According to Rani, working on the sensitive issue was a learning experience for her. The film carries a lesson with it and shows how media can help us in gaining justice.:bowdown
    Rani’s character in the film is that of a crime reporter named Mira. She portrays the power of the media.
    She had to use harsh expressions and words in the movie and was comfortable doing it as whenever she plays a character, she does it with sincerity and honesty. The character needed to use slangs to justify the role.

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    Aparna77 Senior IL'ite

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    I have heard a lot about the film. Many people are looking at No One Killed Jessica as Rani Mukherjee's comeback film. As Piya states, Rani has used slang language for the film and has been criticised for the same. She has also been shown smoking a cigarette. Rani has herself declared that she has modelled her character on the ace TV anchor/journalist Barkha Dutt.

    Meanwhile, Vidya Balan essays the role of Sabrina Lall, the sister of Jessica Lall who played a very important role in real life in getting justice for Jessica Lall. In real life, Sabrina faced the media and ensured that the case got sufficient media attention and the guilty got punished.
     
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    Vidya feels honored having portrayed the character of Sabrina. She says she simply personalized the emotional journey of Sabrina, though in physicality, they are poles apart. Vidya appreciates the director for balancing two completely contrasting characters of Meera and Sabrina.

    The director, Rajkumar Gupta, chose the story as it had a very inspiring subject as in the course of events an entire nation succeeded in coming together. When he thought of portraying the story on celluloid, he intended to depict an emotional journey that unites two people from different spheres.

    Rajkumar had spent 3 months doing his research on the case and another 7 months penning the script.
     
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    Sabrina Lall, Jessica’s sister, had stuck to the fight for justice for a number of years:hatsoff. Vidya got emotionally involved with the case while shooting for the film. She only got to meet the real Sabrina during the trailer launch of the film, though. According to Vidya, the real Sabrina was poised and calm and not as vulnerable and naïve as it has been portrayed in the film.

    Rani, who plays Meera, says that she could completely relate to the character that is of a contemporary Indian woman. Meera is a go-getter who spearheads her life towards a direction.

    I am waiting for the release of this movie!
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    According to the director Rajkumar Gupta, the story is inspirational and it needs to be told. The events that had happened were a trigger for realizing the script. The emotional journey of Sabrina also needed to be showcased.

    Rani plays a crime reporter for the first time in her career. She says, “This is the first time I'm playing such a role and it will add up to my careergraph. The film shows that media can really make a difference when it fights for the right reason.”

    Rajkumar says that Vidya and Rani were natural choices for the movie. He is absolutely certain that any other actress would have failed to do justice to the role like Rani has.
     
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    An A-Certificate has been awarded to No One Killed Jessica by the censor board. The film has not been subject to any cuts, as a result. The makers are happy with the decision as they are able to take the story to the audience.

    Another area of discomfort for the movie was the legal ramifications of portraying real-life characters, particularly the hostile witnesses in the Jessica Lall murder case.

    The former police official Amodh Kanth had urged the censor board to ascertain that only true facts related to the Jessica Lall murder case are presented in the film “No One Killed Jessica”.
     
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    Mr Amodh Kanth was the joint commissioner of police (southern range) when Jessica Lall was shot dead in a night club by Manu Sharma, the son of a Haryana politician, in 1999. Eventually, Manu Sharma has been awarded a life sentence by the Supreme Court. Sabrina Lall, Jessica’s sister, had fought tooth and nail to get justice for her deceased sister.

    'The emotion of the journey, the power of the people and the relentless effort of the media needed to be brought to the audience in the right light and hats off:hatsoff:hatsoff to the censor board for keeping that above all else while judging the film,' said Vikas Behl, a senior official at UTV, which has produced the film.
     
  9. puni88

    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Director: Rajkumar Gupta
    Cast: Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherji


    A filthy-rich spoilt brat guns down a girl in full public view. His high-profile politician father uses all his influential power to subside the legal matter. Witnesses turn hostile in the court. Evidence is tampered. The murderer is acquitted. The petitioners turn helpless victims of the obdurate judicial system.

    How many times have you witnessed this story before in Hindi cinema? This plot has been a frequent fodder for masala movies in Bollywood since decades. But what sets Rajkumar Gupta’s film way apart from the lot is its real story and realistic treatment.

    Based on the Jessica Lall murder case that made headlines for more than a decade, No One Killed Jessica, as the disclaimer claims, is part fact and part fiction. While not exactly a docu-drama, the first half of the film has detailed documented events involving the murder and the court trail while the second half is dramatized using a fictional protagonist of a television news reporter who broadly symbolizes the media fraternity that was largely responsible in bringing about a rebellious retrial of the case.

    The story opens in April 1999 when Jessica Lall (Myra), who works as a celebrity barmaid in a socialite party, is shot dead by Manu Sharma (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) merely because she refuses to serve him drinks. While Vikram (Neil Bhoopalam) and a few others testify of the murder to police, they retract from their statement in court under pressure. Jessica’s sister Sabrina (Vidya Balan) pursues the case for years but after repeated trails Manu is acquitted in February 2006.

    Its then that TV news reporter Meera (Rani Mukherji), who has covered every big news from Kargil war to Kandahar hijack, decides to revive the Jessica case. Having already dismissed the same news peg earlier assuming it to be an open-and-shut case, Meera strongly feels that justice has been denied. Through constant SMS activism, candlelight march and many more of such public uproar, the case is reopened and Manu Sharma is convicted and imprisoned for life.

    Interestingly other than the Lall family, every other character name in the film is fictitious though their characterizations are clearly modeled on the real-life personalities connected with the case. While on a broader perspective, the plotline might appear regular, what makes the viewer relate to the story strongly is the fact that almost the entire proceedings in the film transpired in real life. Despite having firsthand witness and evidence, the vulnerability of the Lall family (and, in general, the common man of the country) in front of the more powerful bureaucrats is remarkably portrayed. The entire shooting episode and its upshot leading to the courtroom drama is re-enacted in such detail that you literally feel the ongoing tension in the psyche of both the protagonist and antagonist.

    Rajkumar Gupta keeps the scenes short in length and several in number. He makes effective use of frequent montage sequences which are imaginative and facilitate smooth succession of time period in the story. A preoccupied Sabrina walking on street is so lost in her continual cerebral chaos that she can’t see an approaching elephant. Another scene showing a ‘men at work’ placard suggests how the bureaucrats are breaking witnesses and forging evidence. Subtle, symbolic and skilful! The one-scene interaction when Manu Sharma’s parents meet Jessica’s parents at their residence is kept cold, passive and barely descriptive. Since the screenplay is mostly a reconstruction of real-life event, scope for melodrama is ruled out.

    On the flipside, the pace drops intermittently and the length seems somewhat long. Rani’s sudden inclination to reopen the Jessica case seems too idealistic. So is the soul of the film in the second half where rebellion is triggered through candlelight marches and national upheaval! But then this was an ideal case which literally changed the course of law in the country and reinstated faith in countrymen. Also the producers (UTV) very smartly plug in their earlier film Rang De Basanti in the narrative which actually acted as a catalyst in sparking off activism in the Jessica case. The single confrontation scene between Rani and Vidya towards the climax appears too mechanical.

    Technically, the film boasts of a sharp soundtrack and seething background score composed by Amit Trivedi. Anay Goswami’s cinematography is competent and the extreme close-up shots in the courtroom sequences have a disturbing effect. The dialogues are acidic, effective and straight slice of life.

    The performances are commendable and even character actors who perform for a single scene come up with inspiring acts. Vidya Balan is brilliant in the role of Sabrina, splendidly symbolizing a common citizen’s fight for justice. She is the soul of the film. Rani’s character being fictional and glamourized seems superficial to an extent but she packs in the punch required for her dynamic character. After playing comic characters in Khosla Ka Ghosla and Ishqiya, Rajesh Sharma is noteworthy in his first serious role as the inspector in charge of the case. Neil Bhoopalam as the prime witness who turns hostile puts in a confident act. Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub bears a close resemblance to Manu Sharma and portrays his character with conviction.

    Rajkumar Gupta shows absolute conviction in bringing to life one of the most significant murder-case convictions in the history of India. No one miss this cinema!

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    Rani Mukherjee at the NOKJ Premiere. She looks great! I'm hoping NOKJ is a success and Rani starts working more again.

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