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No One Killed Jessica Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Saturday, January 8, 2011 • Hindi ]
No One Killed Jessica Review
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Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan
Rajkumar Gupta
Amit Trivedi

For a film like this which is based on reality but is told in a thrilling manner, it was always a thin rope to walk for the makers. After all the case went on for years in court and just like 'Black Friday' (which again tried to connect number of disjointed events), 'No One Killed Jessica' too is a terrific portrayal of what 'could' have actually happened.

There is tension in the air the moment Vidya Balan is informed about her sister been shot. From this point on there is no turning back as you look at the screen wide eyed for the next 15-20 minutes as a graphical representation of minute by minute series of events that led to Jessica's (played effectively by first timer Myra Karn) death are depicted on screen. You know that it would be one dramatic journey from here on and as an audience, you aren't disappointed.

While the film takes a thrilling route, it isn't without its fair share of emotional moments that never fail to result in moist eyes. Vidya's realisation that her sister is dead, the hopelessness of seeing witnesses turning hostile and then the brilliant interval point where Rani Mukherjee, a firebrand journalist, wakes up to a newsprint in bold - 'No One Killed Jessica' - you are bound to get your tissues out.

Meanwhile the film never leaves its dramatic pitch. The killing followed by Neil Bhoopalam (playing Jessica's friend) call of desperation, interrogation by the cop (Rajesh Sharma), the confession that follows, demands made by the witnesses, high society witnesses failing to turn up, cop's frustration, other witnesses turning hostile and then finally the prime witness' (Neil) shocking declaration in the court of law - there is a lot to pick in the first half of the film.

The second half too proceeds on a good note with Rani picking up the mantle of going neck deep down into a 'story' which had now turned into a national headline. The sting operation that follows is very well done which does changes the course of the film and also ensures that for that wide segment of audience which wanted the film to be high on entertainment quotient, there is a lot to be offered.

One does feel though that while the build up to the silent protest is good and the sequence by itself is picturised well, there are portions where NOKJ starts slackening a little. The finale (Rani meeting Vidya at Jessica's grave), though justified, is a tad too filmy and even as Myra's montage tries to bring her back alive in audience's memory, one would have rather wanted a realistic route to be followed right till the end.

Leaving aside such minor blemishes, the fact remains that NOKJ has started 2011 on a very good note. From a small budgeted 'Aamir', Gupta has graduated to a medium budgeted NOKJ. However how one wishes that he sticks on to this route rather than getting tempted by big bucks and bigger budgeted projects. Reason being that 'No One Killed Jessica' acts as a slap on those 50-75-100 crores budgeted films that just loot audience on the name of entertainment.

As performers though both Vidya and Rani are equals. While Vidya's almost silent act turns out to be impressive as less is more here for her, whether it is by means of few dialogues or a subtle body language, Rani gets her fiery act right too while ensuring that there is no dull moment whenever she is around. Rajesh Sharma is a find and after playing a lighter part in 'Ishqiya', he acts tremendously well as a toughie who deserves to be seen in more films. The man who plays the main accused, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, is convincing while Neil is quite good as well. Myra Karn is not just a pretty face but acts well too. As for the biggest highpoint of the film, it is undoubtedly Amit Trivedi's music which is tremendous, whether via songs or the background score.

There are three things that remain constant while you are watching 'No One Killed Jessica'. 1) You don't blink your eye, 2) Your heart continues to pound hard and 3) There is a lump in your throat. That's the power of this Rajkumar Gupta directed film that stays with you for hours after you are through watching it.

Rating: **** 

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