No One Killed Jessica
|No One Killed Jessica|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rajkumar Gupta|
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala|
|Written by||Raj Kumar Gupta|
|Based on||Murder of Jessica Lal incident|
|Narrated by||Rani Mukerji|
|Music by||Amit Trivedi|
|Editing by||Aarti Bajaj|
|Distributed by||UTV Spotboy|
|Running time||136 minutes|
|Budget||90 million (US$1.4 million)|
|Box office||580 million (US$9.3 million)|
No One Killed Jessica (Hindi: नो वन किल्ड जेसिका) is a 2011 Indian political crime thriller film starring Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan, produced by UTV Spotboy and directed by Rajkumar Gupta, who directed the acclaimed film Aamir (2008).
The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi, who has also composed the music for Dev D (2009). Vidya Balan plays the character of Jessica’s elder sister, Sabrina Lal, while Rani played the role of a news reporter. Upon release, the film met with positive critical and box office reception.
The movie also received 4 nominations at the 57th Filmfare Awards including Filmfare Award for Best Film and Filmfare Award for Best Actress and ultimately won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for Rani Mukerji's performance.
- Rani Mukerji – Meera Gaity
- Vidya Balan – Sabrina Lall
- Myra Karn – Jessica Lall
- Neil Bhoopalam – Vikram Jai Singh
- Rajesh Sharma – N. K. (police officer investigating the case)
- Shireesh Sharma – Pramod Bharadwaj
- Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub – Manish Bharadwaj
- Bubbles Sabharwal – Mallika Sehgal
- Samara Chopra – Naina Sehgal
- Yogendra Tikku – Sanjit Lall (Jessica's father)
- Geeta Sudan – June Lall (Jessica's mother)
- Satyadeep Mishra – Meera's boss
- Anuj Tikku – The man in plane with Meera
- Sushil Dahiya – R. D. Rastogi
- Jagat Rawat - Dharam Saxena
The film, set in New Delhi, is based on the media coverage of the controversial Jessica Lal murder case. The director clarified that the title and the script are actually inspired by a 2006 headline when the accused in the infamous murder case were acquitted by a trial court, leading to nationwide protests, the appeal and re-opening of the case and subsequent sentencing of the accused, and not the case per se.
No One Killed Jessica is based on the true story of Jessica Lall, a Delhi-based model and restaurant worker who was shot in 1999 at a New Delhi restaurant by Siddharth Vashisht, alias Manu Sharma. Sharma is the son of a wealthy, influential and intimidating Haryana politician, Venod Sharma, a close aide of the Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Jessica, along with actor and model Vikram Jai Singh, were closing a restaurant's bar for the evening when approached by Manu and two friends. Infuriated by Jessica's refusal to serve them drinks after the bar closed, Manu fatally shoots Jessica. Manu's family's political, financial, justice and police connections intimidated, coerced, threatened and bribed nearly all the witnesses to the wanton crime. The case then became an uneven battle between Jessica’s family (especially her sister Sabrina) and the politically-backed and influential family of the accused.
In February 2006, the court acquitted Manu and the other accused due to lack of sufficient evidence, setting off a public outcry and widespread protests. The backlash from the initial acquittal forced the re-opening of the investigation. In December 2006, Manu was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The film was released on 7 January 2011. It received positive reviews from critics. No One Killed Jessica opened quite well and got positive feedback from audience. The film recovered its cost before release through satellite and music rights.
No One Killed Jessica received a number of positive reviews. Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave the movie four stars out of five stating, "No One Killed Jessica is a film that unleashes a myriad emotions in you. The hard facts of modern India's most written about case are well known by almost everybody but the director Rajkumar Gupta's (he'd already displayed his talent in Aamir) dramatic handling of the crime, the criminals, the crusaders and the victim creates a storm, once again." Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama also rated the film 4/5 and described it as "a remarkable blend of facts and fiction inspired by a series of real-life episodes, which has thankfully not been presented as a tedious biography or in a mind-numbing docu-drama format." Anupama Chopra of NDTV while rating the film three stars out of five wrote, "No One Killed Jessica is several notches ahead of the tripe we’ve been subjected to in theatres lately." Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film two and a half stars out of five and wrote, "With the exception of a few powerful scenes that leave you with a genuine lump in your throat, Gupta goes for full-on melodrama that doesn't always ring true." Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave it three stars and argues, "Can a feature film, in a couple of hours flat, ever detail an entire truth about anything? Possibly not. But it can entertainingly dramatise it. That’s what the fine director-writer and a consummate raconteur here (Rajkumar Gupta) manages to do." Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan wrote that this film is a "pertinent, media friendly and brave effort by the makers. The performances living up to the title and story of the film."
- Best Supporting Actor (Female) - Rani Mukerji
- Most Entertaining Social Film
- Best Actress in a Social Role – Rani Mukerji
- Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards
- Anandalok Purushkar
- Apsara Awards
- Best Editing
|No One Killed Jessica|
|Soundtrack album by Amit Trivedi|
|Released||1 December 2010|
The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi who had debuted with the same director in Aamir. Lyrics are penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The album received generally positive reviews from critics.
|1.||"Aitbaar"||Vishal Dadlani, Mame Khan, Robert Omulo Bob|
|2.||"Yeh Pal"||Shilpa Rao|
|3.||"Aali Re"||Tochi Raina, Bonnie Chakraborty, Shriram Iyer, Raja Hassan, Anushka Manchanda, Sonu Kakkar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Sonika Sharma|
|4.||"Dilli"||Tochi Raina, Shriram Iyer, Aditi Singh Sharma|
|5.||"Dua"||Meenal Jain, Joi Barua, Raman Mahadevan, Amitabh Bhattacharya|
|6.||"Dilli – Hardcore"||Tochi Raina, Shriram Iyer, Aditi Singh Sharma|
During the filming of scenes in Delhi, one shot was taken at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, where University School of Information Technology (one of the 12 on-campus schools of university) was disguised to Patiala House District-Court. During the process, the university's Vice Chancellor Dilip Bandopadhyay was prevented from entering his own campus. Bandopadhyay argued with bouncers, on guard outside the main gate, to let him enter while the cameras rolled, allegedly without his permission. As a result, the university terminated the contract of a faculty member accused of organising the 19 April film shoot on campus.
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