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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 7:41pm | IP Logged
Feels great to read all the awesome reviews. sure both ladies have done great job i'm excited. can't wait till the DVD comes out:)

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frosty Goldie

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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 8:37pm | IP Logged
He comes off like a total pompous ass on his blog. And whats with defending his son ALL THE DAMN TIME!! Anyhoo lets move away from the topic since this is not about NOKJ at all :)

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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 11:01pm | IP Logged

Film Review: No One Killed Jessica

Kaveree Bamzai  | New Delhi, January 6, 2011 | Updated 10:52 IST

The shot that still reverberates

Rajkumar Gupta
Starring: Rani Mukerji, Vidya Balan

Some films rip your heart out and keep it on the table as it lies beating. You watch in frozen fascination, knowing it will eventually stop. You know the story of how Jessica Lal was murdered. You also know the guilty will eventually be punished. Yet from the minute the phone rings by Sabrina Lal's bedside, the viewer is in the grip of a high fever. The pace is frenetic, the language forceful, the collapse of witnesses shocking. Yeh hawa nahin, aandhi hai, says a nameless politician from the high command to the killer's minister father.

It's like the film. Rani Mukerji is astounding as the headline chasing TV star who thinks nothing of leaving a man in the middle of love-making, telling him to fly solo, or of telling her juniors to shut the f*** up. Vidya Balan is dogged as Sabrina Lal, fighting for the arrest of her sister's killer and coping with her deteriorating parents. Names have been changed but everyone is recognisable, whether it is the irascible veteran lawyer, the socialite with Bambi eyes who cannot remember anything, the Hindi film actor whose defence is that he knows no Hindi, or the Kargil returned journalist who lives for the story.

No One Killed Jessica
Don't underestimate the pleasure of guessing who's who. But as scene upon scene unfolds, loaded with rhetoric, pulsating with anger, and fairly oozing with abuse (at one point, even the TV star's much put upon domestic calls her kutti), there is a profound amazement at one fact: yes, we lived through this. Even this, the murder of a woman because she wouldnt serve a young man a drink. Think of this as a new genre--the movie as a middle finger protest against the establishment.  Watch it, weep, wince and wrong your heart out.

After six months of being battered by the Radia tapes, this film makes the media feel good about itself again. Rani is a revelation as the star anchor with a heart of gold and the mouth of a sewer rat. She cusses, curls her lip in contempt at cuties, plays around with juniors, but when it comes to the story she is unerring in pursuing it. Vidya is strong and steady, often startling with her quietude--there's a scene in which she;s walking on the street lost in thought and comes up short against an elephant. It's so refreshing to see a film after a long time when there are no greys. What's evil is what must be punished. It has no redeeming qualities.

Yet for such a powerful morality tale, the film has some extraordinary moments of humour, mostly born of irony.

Don't miss it for a minute.

Edited by bandicoot - 05 January 2011 at 11:01pm

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petticoat IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 11:02pm | IP Logged
No One Killed Jessica review: Feel the rage with Rani & Vidya
No One Killed Jessica
Rajkumar Gupta
Vidya Balan, Rani Mukerji, Neil Bhoopalam, Myra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub

Sonia Chopra
The film doesn't start with the Jessica Lall murder case immediately. In fact, it beats around the bush for far too long.

Rani Mukerji's Meera Geyti is a firebrand TV journalist and her voiceover starts the film. The character talks about Delhi and how she hasn't yet managed to figure out the city. But she does feel the city is drunk on power and "everybody's a somebody in Delhi".

Geyti is covering the Kargil war and ticking off curious air passengers who thank her for the entertaining coverage. We like her immediately.

Special: All about No One Killed Jessica | Images: Rani & Vidya on the sets of Na Aana Is Des Laado

Her character is delicately nuanced (even if slightly exaggerated) - whether it's smoking on the terrace of her home, shouting for pickle at dinner while watching the news, or her straightforward manner of talking.

She's a delight, and more so is Rani Mukerji essaying the part. A powerhouse actor anyway, Mukerji raises the bar giving one of her career's most honest and memorable performances.

Equally evocative is the underplayed performance by Vidya Balan as Jessica's sister Sabrina. While Mukerji's story track comes alive only in the second half of the movie, Balan is present throughout.

The story slowly veers towards the fateful night when a minister's son and his friends shoot model Jessica Lall for refusing to serve them a drink. Sabrina finds an ally in an honest cop (Rajesh Sharma, fab), but the odds seem stacked against them.

The film then trails the case over the years with witnesses threatened, justice delayed, and ultimately denied. But Sabrina, who is all set to give up, finds a new ray of hope.

One of the most priceless scenes of the film is where the murderer's ghoonghat-clad mother tells her minister husband "kuch bhi karo, mere Monu ko kuch nahin hona chahiye". But did this important (it speaks volumes about the murderer's upbringing) scene need to be repeated thrice?

Images: Salman woos Rani and Vidya! | Rani's sashtang before Madhuri!

Repetition is a recurring issue in the film. The fact that Geyti mistakes the Jessica story to be a simple case is also reiterated several times.

Another sore point with the film is the portrayal of high-society as caricatures. It is hard to believe that a socialite would sit in a police station and ask for the AC to be switched on.

Rajkumar Gupta, who directed the film Aamir in 2008 doesn't want the viewer to be bogged down by the subject. His effort in injecting drama and tempo in the storytelling makes the film accessible to a mainstream audience. But the pace slackens at times.

One of the film's stronger points is Amit Trivedi's addictive music whether it's the Dilli Dilli or the Aali Re song. Disappointingly, the songs aren't propped up the way you expect after watching the promos.

But on the upside, there are some superb touches like Sabrina's journey of meeting the witnesses portrayed through food, the awkward scene between the parents of the perpetrator and the victim, and the candlelight march.

Images: Rani, Vidya, Salman launch NOKJ music on Bigg Boss | Rani, Vidya on No One Killed Jessica

The performances by the central cast are superlative, and equally praiseworthy is a massive performance by the supporting cast.

No One Killed Jessica is not as audacious and pacy as the promos would have you believe. But the film manages to do one very crucial thing: it evokes your sentiments. You feel empathy, rage, helplessness, and triumph at every step of the way with our two female heroes.

So even if there are a few flaws, the film moves you. And nothing is above that. A must-watch!

Rating: 3.5 stars

Edited by bandicoot - 05 January 2011 at 11:02pm

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gilmores IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 11:08pm | IP Logged
Faridoon's tweets about the movie! So happy people are loving this movie!

@Faridoon_S Faridoon Shahryar
No One Killed Jessica expertly balances d facts with d fiction of d Jessica Lal murder case n the end result is a thot provoking thriller...
47 minutes ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Its an effortless mix of stark realism wid cerebral entrtainment aided by smart-ass dialoguebaazi.Yes d pace is slow n it cud hav been taut

While d big ticket directors delve in needless 'Shoshebaazi', Raj Kumar Gupta sticks 2 d context n stays honest 2 it 4 most parts..

Vidya Balan continues 2 scale heights of excellence in d greats of Indian cinema.She brings many a lump-in-d-throat moments.Outstanding!!!
47 minutes ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Rani's character in NOKJ is inspired by Barkha Dutt.She has sum of d most whistle-worthy dialogues.She's bak with a bang..
47 minutes ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Amit Trivedi's music n background score is fantastic n a big plus point.Support cast is very good.Camera work is excellent...

No One Killed Jessica is an important film wid d pertinent message on Judicial reforms in India. Do catch it n light a candle 4 gud cinema..

Edited by chocolover89 - 05 January 2011 at 11:10pm

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petticoat IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 11:18pm | IP Logged
Im jobless for a spamming

star reactions pre and post premiere....

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petticoat IF-Stunnerz

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Posted: 05 January 2011 at 11:23pm | IP Logged
The real Sabrina Lall Talks

Apparently the director stuck to the script given to her :) super awesome

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