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Starring: Rani Mukherji, Vidya Balan
Direction: Rajkumar Gupta
Music: Amit Trivedi
Production: Ronnie Screwvala
An upcoming political thriller ‘No one killed Jessica’, starring Rani Mukherji and Vidya Balan, the first release of the year, is inspired by the high-profile murder of model Jessica Lal, a crime that rocked the nation in 1999.

This UTV Spotboy production features Vidya Balan as Jessica’s sister Sabrina, while Rani Mukerjee plays a journalist named Meera Gaiety who is passionate
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about the case. After the acclaimed debut film Aamir in 2008, director Rajkumar Gupta brings the tragic story on celluloid in his second directorial venture that is releasing this Friday. It sums up incidents related to the murder and Sabrina and Meera's relentless struggle in their pursuit towards justice for Jessica.

Vidya Balan, who made her debut in Parineeta in 2005, plays the character of Jessica’s elder sister, Sabrina Lal, who fought ceaselessly seeking justice for her sister. Rani Mukherji seems ready for a comeback even though a few of her earlier releases didn't work magic at the box office. She dons a pivotal role along with Vidya Balan. In the film, Rani plays the bold avatar of a journalist who smokes cigarettes and hurls abuses sans an inkling of fear.

Neil Bhoopalam, Rajesh Sharma, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Bubbles Sabharwal, Yogendra Tikku, Geeta Sudan, Shireesh Sharma and Samara Chopra play supportive roles.

It will definitely be interesting to see Rani and Vidya in the same frame that too in a film dealing with such a serious subject. It is the journey of a case through legal complications, hostile witnesses and media pressure over the course of seven years based on the story of murdered model Jessica Lal who also worked as a bartender before she was shot dead in a restaurant by Manu Sharma in 1999, when she refused to serve him drinks after the stipulated time. In 2006, Manu was acquitted, leading to a fierce public uproar and campaigns by the media, which eventually lead to a life sentence for Manu. One such Times of India headline, No One Killed Jessica, inspired the movie title.

Gupta clarifies that he has woven it through his imagination and not purely judgmental. It seems a perfect concoction of fact and fiction. In fact the joint commissioner of police (southern range) at the time when the incident took place wrote a letter to the censor board urging it to ensure all the facts are presented correctly.

Music is by National award-winning composer Amit Trivedi, who debuted in 2008 in Aamir and then created his critically acclaimed Dev D. The album has been receiving generally positive reviews from critics.

Is the public still interested to know what happened on the fatal night and how Sabrina finally managed to get justice? The answers to the questions will be known this Friday when No One Killed Jessica hits the silver screen.
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