Rajkumar Gupta, director of No One Killed Jessica, says that while his forthcoming film is his “own interpretation” of the case, it is not judgmental.
Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday, Gupta told reporters, “The trials of the Jessica Lall murder case were an important event in contemporary India. It was amazing to see how people rose to the
occasion and spoke in unison for justice.”
He went on to say that he has told the aftermath of the murder case in a “thrilling and entertaining way”. While the media also played an important role in the case, No One Killed Jessica is in fact Gupta’s “dramatic interpretation” of the case.
Part of the director’s preparation for the film entailed him spending time with Sabrina Lall, Jessica’s sister who fought for justice after her sister’s murder. Jessica was shot dead by Manu Sharma, the son of a powerful and wealthy politician in April 1999.
“No One Killed Jessica is not just about the case. It is much more. It shows what happened after the case and how the people of the country reacted. It is a story of the society and how one court judgment ends up uniting a country,” said Gupta.
Producer Ronnie Screwvala describes the film as a “very entertaining, poignant and hard-hitting film”. He feels that it will give audiences something to think and talk about once they have watched No One Killed Jessica.
Vidya Balan will portray the role of Sabrina and Rani Mukerji will play a journalist who is passionate about the case. It has been produced by UTV Spotboy and will release in January 2011.