Just today I mentioned No One Killed Jessica as one of the most awaited movie and I went to watch it today. As everyone knows it’s based on the famous Jessica Lal murder case and the court trials which ensued it. In terms of story the movie has nothing new to offer as most of us know about the case, so in such case a tight screenplay is required so as to keep the momentum of the film. Sadly No One Killed Jessica fails in it. The scenes do not flow in a smooth manner and in the result is that it appears to be collage of various scenes. The movie lacks the intensity and tension for a tight courtroom drama and hence even at a run time of 2 hours and 15 minutes the movie appears a bit long.
On the brighter side there are some superbly handled sequences like the interrogation of the accused, the intense courtroom scene where suddenly Vidya Balan breaks into a giggle and my favorite where the cop tell Sabrina that he took 75 lakhs for not touching the accused. But there are also some loud scenes which include repetition of a particular scene involving accused’s mother telling her that no matter what, he must protect her son.
The biggest culprit of the movie is its casting which barring the lead is a group of some really really loud and over dramatic actors, most of them contestant of shows like Splitsvila. Remember those gem of supporting talents in recent movies like Phas Gaya Re Obama, Band Baaja Baarat and Do Dooni Chaar and the life they infused in the movie? The supporting characters in this movie are completely opposite them. The only character which shines among the supporting group is the guy who plays the cop in charge of the case. Among the leads Vidya Balan as always performs her role well but it’s the one dimensional character which makes it difficult to feel Sabrina’s pain in the second half. Rani Mukherjee steals the show with her confident and spot on performance, pity we are not able to see much of this talented actress.
But the real star of the movie is undoubtedly Amit Trivedi without whose music the movie wouldn’t have been half enjoyable what it is now. His haunting and pulsating music brings life in the movie.
In the end I’ll say that it’s not a bad movie but a tighter screenplay and a little subtlety would have made this movie a gripping movie.
My Rating: **.5