No one killed Jessica

UTV once again brings to screen a gem of a movie. Directed by the immensely talented Rajkumar Gupta (remember the phenomenal Aamir ?) and with a star cast that does justice to the characters, No one killed Jessica is a must watch for Hindi movie buffs for many reasons.

First and foremost is the clever scripting that interweaves reality (the movie is based on a true incident. Do a google search for Jessica Lal murder) and fiction (all the dramatic sequences, dialogues and motivations). In essence you will find the movie engrossing even if you are not aware of the real-life murder case. The music by Amit Trivedi is pleasant and the background score is wonderful. Rani Mukerjee thankfully puts in a controlled and restrained performance. Vidya Balan has done a good job as Sabrina (sister of Jessica) has put in an effortful and not so natural performance. Rajesh Sharma (remember him in Khosla Ka Ghosla?) as the realistic inspector does a great job. Other than him nobody else really shines but just manage to put in enough to do justice to the movie.

The tale is of the murder of Jessica (Myra Karn), a model, working part time as a bar tender, and the subsequent fight for justice of her sister Sabrina (Vidya Balan) against the rich and powerful. While those of us in India familiar with the case would find the plot predictable it is the background score, the dialogue and the deft direction which keeps us engrossed. The film smartly depicts real life characters including president, primer minister, lawyers, politicians and page 3 personalities which most informed and aware Indians would recognize. Sadly the nuances of these characters gets lost on the informed and unaware viewer and therefore is bound to reduce the effect of the narrative.

Nevertheless, the movie is a lesson in film-making to the big budget commercial big names. A tight script, controlled performances, great background score all add up to a movie which is value for money.

Is it worth watching ? Yes.


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