No One Killed Jessica (2011)




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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 culprit 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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Rani Mukerji
as Meera Gaity
Vidya Balan
as Sabrina Lal
Neil Bhoopalam
as Vikram Jai Singh
Rajesh Sharma
as N. K. (police officer investigating the case)
Myra Kam
as Jessica Lall
Satyadeep Misra
as Gaurav Capoor
Yogendra Tikku
as Sanjit Lall
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
as Manish P. Bharadwaj
Vintee Bansal
as Fighting Couple
Pallavi Batra
as Newsreader
Ranjit Batra
as Mr. Gaity, Meera's father
Mahesh Bhatt
as Himself
Sushil Dahiya
as R D Sir
Avijit Dutt
as BM Pandit
Armin-Paul Hampel
as Mallika Sehgal's husband
Jasbir Malik
as Shyam Tolani
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Critic Reviews for No One Killed Jessica

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

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… | January 13, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 12, 2011
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 10, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The narrative is gripping, the music score uplifting, the screenplay tight enough to allow for very few slippages.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
Hindustan Times

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2012

No One Killed Jessica, which starts on a sombre note, styled more like a documentary, gets increasingly affected towards the end, losing much of its early fire.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Screen International

Audience Reviews for No One Killed Jessica

"No one killed Jessica'" is not only a purposeful movie, but it is also a smart and engaging work of art. Well adopted, written, and acted. Based on a real-life murder trial in India it shows how justice gets a second chance (nay, a second life) to do its job, thanks to the effectiveness of investigative reporting, social networking (in this case, an outpouring of SMSes pleading for justice), and true democracy. Ever wonder what that could do to reverse the outcome of some of the botched up trials here in the US? Bravo Bollywood! And, hats off to Meera and Sabrina, the real-life heroes that Rani Mukherjee and Vidya Balan play in the movie, and play so well! Well done young director Raj Kumar Gupta, and producer Ronnie Screwvala!

Sreedhar Kajeepeta
Sreedhar Kajeepeta

Unfortunately, the strong message conveyed is bogged down by many drawn out and melodramatic scenes. Meera's excessive swearing doesn't help either.

Shovik Shyamsundar
Shovik Shyamsundar

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 and 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.

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