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Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee

April 1999, New Delhi. Jessica, a young attractive model hired as a celebrity bartender for a night, is shot dead at a private party. Her crime - refusing to serve a drink after closing hours. The cul... read more read more...prit Manish, son of a prominent politician, inebriated by a deadly cocktail of alcohol and a sense of entitlement, pulls the trigger in a fit of rage. With 300 of Delhi's swish set present at the party, many of whom are witnesses to the murder, Manish looks all set to go to the gallows. Except, it doesn't quite turn out that way. Now two women, Jessica's sister, Sabrina and a feisty TV reporter, Meera, will have to drum up every resource at their disposal to outwit Manish at his own game, if the truth is to have any chance of prevailing over money and political clout. -- (C) UTV

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Unrated, 2 hr. 16 min.

Directed by: Raj Kumar Gupta

Release Date: January 7, 2011

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DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011

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  • February 11, 2011
    Based on the true story of Jessica Lal murder case in 1999, this film points finger at the corrupted and outdated justice system in India.
    The plot and theme of the movie is powerful and meaningful. But disappointing, even pathetic performances from the main cast spoil the party ... read moreand even kind of took the edge off the movie. Vidhya Bhalan is toned down to such an exaggeration that, more than often her character looks like a retard. Although the intention was to present a strong independent woman, Rani's character looked pretty stupid with all that excessive swearing.
  • January 19, 2011
    Just for denying to serve the drinks since it was past the bar time, Jessica Lal gets shot by a politician's son - Manish (aka Manu), accompanied by his 2 friends and in the presence of around 300 people. When TV news reporter Meera (Rani Mukherjee) is asked to cover the news, sh... read moree denies it saying that being an open-and-shut case (considering there were around 300 witnesses), it's out of her league. However, during interrogation, while Manu confesses that he shot her unintentionally, most of the people deny their presence at the party at the time of murder, and hence having not witnessed it. Following that, Manu's father uses his political influence to turn over whatever few witnesses were ready to testify and manipulates the evidences. Jessica's sister Sabrina (Vidya Balan) tries her best and struggles a lot to get justice done, but in vain. Eventually, the court rules in the favor of the defendants and they're set loose. As a result, Sabrina loses her faith in getting justice and gives up. On the other hand, when Meera comes to know about the court ruling, she's taken aback. She decides to take over the issue and draws the media's attention to the case. She brings the fact in public and asks for their support for the cause of justice. It leads to a massive uproar among the public and they join the campaign against injustice. Eventually, the high-court declares suo moto and asks the police to reopen the case.

    Movies based on actual events are made less in Bollywood as compared to Hollywood. Jessica Lal's case was quite well-known and was appropriate as a movie's subject. Rajkumar Santoshi aptly uses this case as a side-subject in his movie Halla Bol. However, 'No One Killed Jessica' has Jessica Lal case as its main subject. Unfortunately, the movie isn't up to the mark. The story sounds good on paper, but the pathetic execution makes the movie one of the worst movies I've ever seen based on real case. Whether it be Rani Mukherji's over-acting or exaggerated performance by Vidya Balan, almost everything in the movie is overdone. And the use of cussing more than required also serves as a drawback. Okay, in real life, people cuss, but here cussing is used quite often needlessly and mostly to glorify a certain character. It seems like the film-makers had a misunderstanding that if they use more swearing (especially in English) in an ample amount, the movie would look more authentic. The movie could have been way too better than what it is had it been handed in proper hands. While the movie has received positive response from most of the critics, IMHO, Rajkumar Gupta [whose debut directorial movie 'Aamir' (copy of 'Nick of Time') was a hit] fails in fictionalizing the actual story adequately and doesn't do proper justice to the movie. I'd huge expectations and the movie hardly satisfied me. The movie would have been better off with less over-acting, over-dramatization and over-cussing.

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Andy Webster
January 14, 2011
Andy Webster, New York Times

At a time when Indian officials are immersed in kickback scandals and violence against women remains endemic, No One Killed Jessica deserves to be seen -- and heard. Full Review

Richard Kuipers
January 12, 2011
Richard Kuipers, Variety

One of the most infamous miscarriages of justice in Indian legal history is dynamically dramatized. Full Review

Lisa Tsering
January 10, 2011
Lisa Tsering, Hollywood Reporter

A hybrid of fact and fiction, this Delhi-based thriller packs a punch no matter the label. Full Review

Michael Dequina
February 7, 2012
Michael Dequina,

Even when the two leads finally join forces after the intermission break, they still seem like they are inhabiting two different films. Full Review

Gautaman Bhaskaran
February 10, 2011
Gautaman Bhaskaran, Screen International

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