No one killed Jessica – review
This is the movie for which Rani sucked the thumps and lip-locked her co-star Vidya Balan during the promotion of the movie, more about Rani and Vidya later.
The movie is based on the Jessica murder case that involved Manu Sharma, son of former minister who shot Jessica lal in a crowded socialist party. He was acquitted by a lower court but thanks to intense media and public pressure the prosecution appealed again in high court, who ordered for a fast track hearing and finally convicted him to life sentence. The fight for justice was spear headed by Jessica’s sister Sabrina lal. This is the real life story that has been adapted with realism and sensationalism in this movie.
Vidya plays the role of Jessica’s sister who fights against odds for justice only to find justice delayed, derailed and corrupted. Rani comes as Meera, flamboyant, tough, energetic, independent and sucessful reporter. So how do one potray a succeful, independent, tough talking character? Oh well, she smokes, calls herself a bitch and ya have sex too. Cool? No, I found the characterization silly, over-dramatized and amateurish. And ya that reflects the promotioal antics of Rani too. As for acting of Rani, it seemed a last desperate attempt to grab the limelight. About Vidya, I could only pity her. Ok I undersand the character is under-stated in apperance, reserved and soft spoken who is pushed into a situation. But showing her again and again in a drooped shoulder with a blank face walking the streets of Delhi with a BGM makes you squirm in the seat and look at your watch. Good actor she is but in this movie she is just seems to be disinterested. The pick of the performance is by Rajesh Sharma, the cop who handles the case. The character and performance lived up to the realistic way, which the movie overall should have been but was not.
Director Raj kumar Gupta forewarns as with the disclaimer that its a blend of fact and fiction, had it been based on fact and with strong characterization, the movie would have scored. But the plot is lost when the screenplay lacks intensity, gets lengthy and dragging thanks to the mandatory songs that Indian films has to have coupled with weak characterization and performance. Music by Amit Trivedi is brilliant but not in the course of the movie.
GingerChai verdict: No one made an effort to make a strong movie.