Saturday, February 5, 2011

Media compels justice

Shruthi B Shetty

Film: No One Killed Jessica

Director: Rajkumar Gupta

Cast: Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherji, Myra Karn

Truth is considered to be the step towards righteousness. But many people have hard time accepting the truth when faced with it. This fact is well shown in the first half of Director Rajkumar Gupta’s film No One Killed Jessica.

The first half of the film shows Sabrina Lal’s relentless battle to get justice for her slain sister.

The way in which most of the witnesses withdraw from truth on being bribed and threatened, builds a tense premise. The extent of corruption and the influence of power is highlighted which delays justice.

Rani Mukherji’s (Meera Gaity) role as a straight forward and fearless journalist seems slightly exaggerated. The attempt to make the latter half more dramatic and the media industry more glamorous makes the film unbelievable.

It gives a completely different dimension to the story, when media enters the frame to take up the Jessica Lal case. Instead of exhibiting media as supporting Sabrina’s cause, director Rajkumar Gupta seems interested in glorifying the media business. The journalist abruptly overtakes all the credits in the fight for justice.

The film No One Killed Jessica is based on a real incidence of the murder of a vivacious and aspiring model Jessica Lal that was plastered all over the news for many years. The director has quite competently brought out the aftermaths of the murder, although it could have been better.

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