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Myra, better known as the Jessica Lall of No One Killed Jessica, says she comes with her own defence mechanism to survive in Bollywood
Peden Doma Bhutia (BOMBAY TIMES; March 29, 2011) The whispers of “Jessica” get louder and more frequent as Myra walks down the hotel lobby in a muted orange number. Not that she minds, though. The fresh-faced actress, who got under the skin of Jessica Lall for an effortless portrayal in No One Killed Jessica, says with a smile, “People have stopped calling me by my name. Everywhere I go, I’m only referred to as Jessica!”
Casually swilling her cappuccino, Myra is refreshingly comfortable with the overbearing presence of her onscreen persona. “What’s the problem if people identify me with Jessica? I must have done something right for them to remember me thus.” Myra’s comfort stems also from her identification with her NOKJ character on a personal level. “I’m similar to Jessica in many ways,” she reveals. So, much so, that she candidly says she would have reacted no differently than Jessica did on that fateful night: “I think Jessica behaved in a sane manner, like any other girl would. I don’t think she saw it coming — that someone would kill her over a drink. I’d behave in exactly the same way as she did. If I’m teased on the road, I try to ignore it at first, but if the guy crosses the line, main uska case le loongi.”
As the conversation veers towards Jessica again, Manu Sharma’s name is mentioned for More >
By Subhash K. Jha, January 15, 2011 – 10:29 IST
The real Sabrina Lal got goosebumps when she saw her screen-sister Jessica. The role, as it has been revealed, is played by a young actress named Myra Karn who has absolutely no experience in acting and is in fact a qualified engineer.
Director Raj Kumar Gupta saw a likeness between the real Jessica and Myra. That’s how the chase began.
Says Myra with a laugh. “Raj Kumar Gupta is a friend. We met through common friends in a restaurant and stayed in touch. I’ve known him for some time. For a year now he kept persuading me to play Jessica. I’ve no experience in acting. Apart from family photos, I’ve never faced the camera. And honestly, I wasn’t interested in acting.”
So what gives?
“Nothing!” laughs the engineer-turned-actress. “Raj was persuasive. He said I just had to be myself. I think more than the way I look, it was my chirpy personality that made him decide I was his Jessica. I finally said yes. His instruction was simple, ‘Just be yourself. Don’t act.’ That’s exactly what I’ve done in No One Killed Jessica.”
Myra was signed just a month before shooting was to start. That was really cutting it close for the close-ups when the girl had no acting experience.
Myra comes from an army background. “My father is an army officer. So I’ve pretty much seen most of India during my growing years. My mother is a retired professor, My elder sister Raima is also into teaching. So we’re pretty much a non-film family. No More >
By Taran Adarsh, January 5, 2011 – 08:36 IST
Most storytellers entertain, a few enlighten. A scattering number of celluloid visionaries entertain as well as enlighten. Rajkumar Gupta fits into that exceptional variety of film-makers that opens up thought-processes about the condition of the homeland without losing the cinematic elements that constitute a film.
To reconstruct on celluloid a true occurrence that is oven fresh in public reminiscence is not a trouble-free mission, but Gupta takes up this colossal challenge of placing together the controversial and litigious story of Jessica Lall’s murder case on celluloid. However, having sensitive and explosive material on hand is not enough. The execution of the subject is of paramount importance. Fortunately, the one-film-old director interprets the events of the murder case in remarkable style and form and makes it a cinematic experience that haunts you even after the film has concluded. Gupta does complete justice to the spirit of the story, which had created headlines and still remains well etched in our memory to this day.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
A few monsoons ago, Rajkumar Santoshi’s HALLA BOL commenced with a shootout sequence at a party. Of course, HALLA BOL wasn’t about this incident alone, it was just a tiny segment in the narrative. NO ONE KILLED JESSICA focuses on this true-life incident [with no deviations] and its strength lies in the fact that it sucks you into the world of dirty politics and power More >
Trade sources say that Rani Mukerji has been sending feelers to filmmakers outside of Yash Raj Films, her personal relationship with the company notwithstanding. The actress who did her last three films, Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic and Dil Bole Hadippa with YRF, is now looking to break fresh ground with outside producers.
It is confirmed that Rani will be seen in an important role in UTV Spotboy’s No One Killed Jessica. Vidya Balan will play a role based on Sabrina Lall, Jessica’s sister, while Rani will reportedly essay the role of a journalist who was instrumental in having this sensitive case re-opened. Directed by Rajkumar Gupta, who directed Aamir, the film will go on the floors mid-February.
The reason why Rani apparently greenlighted this project is because she was thrilled with the aspect of doing a thriller. And, No One Killed Jessica, is a fast-paced flick set in the hub of political power, New Delhi.
Sources from the production company are hesitant to talk about the plot, but insiders say that Rani was excited when they told her that this film offers ample scope for the two lead actresses who, in their relentless pursuit for justice, mobilise the entire nation.
Siddharth Roy Kapur of UTV says, “When you have actors like Rani and Vidya by your side, the joy of creating More >