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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 Subhash K Jha (MID-DAY; January 7, 2011)
Sabrina Lall’s apprehensions were put to rest after she saw No One Killed Jessica
Sabrina, the sister of slain model Jessica Lall recently saw the film No One Killed Jessica based on her sister’s murder. She has loved it. Speaking after a special screening held in Delhi, she said, “It was eerie and moving. sWe were all deeply relieved by how true to life the film has turned out.”
Sabrina Lall and Vidya Balan
The fear was that the film would sensationalise the subject, “When we agreed to let them make the movie, my family and I had been warned about the ‘Bollywood types’. We were told, ‘You don’t know what you are getting into. Why have you given the NOC? Now they’ll just do anything they like.’ But watching the film I feel vindicated. It will make Jessica kind of immortal.”
Admiring the director for his diligent recreation of the harrowing time after Jessica’s murder in 1999 when Sabrina and her family knocked on doors for justice Sabrina sighs, “Rajkumar Gupta has replicated almost every detail of the events of the proceedings after Jessica’s death.
Even the dialogues and conversations in the film are what I’ve gone through. All of us, my cousins etc, were like, ‘My god, how did the director know all this?’
The director had got the script approved by Jessica’s sis. Says Sabrina appreciatively, “Rajkumar had sat with me for almost a week. We discussed everything about the case.”
She More >
By Subhash K. Jha, January 4, 2011 – 11:35 IST
More than once bitten, production houses have now decided to permanently shy away from all references to authentic characters in films based on real life.
It therefore comes as no surprise to know that UTV has decided to change all the names of the characters barring Jessica Lal in No One Killed Jessica, the film based on the celebrated case of the Delhi model who was murdered in full view of dozens of eyewitnesses on crowded bar on April 29, 1999.
The initial plan was to go the whole hog and recreate the entire case in all its details including the characters with their real names. In fact, say sources, the director Raj Kumar Gupta wanted to offer Shyan Munshi the prime witness in the murder, the chance to play himself. However, according to legal advice, the original spelt trouble. Now all the names of the main dramatis personae including the prime accused Manu Sharma and the key witnesses have been changed, to avoid legal and financial troubles.
When questioned about it director Raj Kumar Gupta is evasive. “You will have to see the film to see why we have done what we have with the characters. Beyond that I don’t want to comment on the names of the characters.”
Siddharth Roy Kapoor of UTV is more forthright about the hasty and hushed changes made to camouflage the real-life characters in No One Killed Jessica.
Says Siddharth, “The film is Raj Kumar Gupta’s creative interpretation of Sabrina’s More >
By Devansh Patel, December 31, 2010 – 14:56 IST
When the first promo of No One Killed Jessica was aired on the television, the viewers jumped. Yes, they were sucked in by a sudden rage; a sudden emotion and a sudden connect. It was as if Jessica Lal case was still on and it reminded you of the India Gate outrage, the ongoing court cases and a collage of those ten years of Sabrina’s struggle to attain justice for her late sister. Absorbingly touching and terrifying, No One Killed Jessica seems like an intimate film but has the gutsy and reflective ingredients of sorrow, introspection and indignation. And that is exactly what the director Raj Kumar Gupta has set out to achieve. From the director of Aamir comes yet another common story of society, sorrow and struggle. And from all we’ve been seeing of NOKJ and hearing it’s music, which, according to me, is one of the key characters of the film, without sounding too devastating, the film looks like a low-key therapeutic thriller about the human element of disdain and disillusion. This is another personalized account about the wayward universe in which we live on the sidelines as humanity takes another caustic step into the realm of numbing oblivion. And on that note, we get up today and salute Raj Kumar Gupta for making a cinema so potent that we Indians feel proud of. No One Killed Jessica may or may not bring about an upheaval, but it surely is a film that will go down in Indian cinema as a ‘precious gem’ More >
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MUMBAI MIRROR; January 01, 2011Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Director: Zoya Akhtar Starring: Hrithik, Farhan, Abhay, Katrina
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Not much is known about the film so far apart from the fact that it is a thriller and Aamir’s next after 3 Idiots, which More >
The actresses launched Thappad Maar — a helpline for victims of social injustice
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; December 19, 2010)
Sometimes, art immitates life. And, in a grim reminder of the Jessica Lal case of 1999 — when a young and attractive New Delhi model playing celeb bartender was shot dead by the son of a politician for refusing to serve him a drink after closing hours — two actresses initiated a helpline based on their forthcoming movie to help victims of wrongdoings.
The actresses are Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji, and the film is UTV Spot Boy’s social-thriller No One Killed Jessica that releases on January 7. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Rajkumar Gupta, it has Rani playing a feisty journalist and Vidya as Jessica’s sister, Sabrina. The two women, in real life, had stood fearlessly against the system to seek the truth behind Jessica’s murder against all odds.
Now, Vidya and Rani are taking the fight for justice from celluloid into the real world. Their helpline, Thappad Maar, was launched yesterday so that victims of injustice may call and seek the actresses’ advice to their problems. Both will listen to messages on Thappad Maar and call back those people whose problems catch their attention with the intention of teaching their tormentors a lesson. Access to the helpline can be had by dialling 5059995 from any phone.
Vidya said of the initiative, “This is fantastic. I’m itching to slap someone now! More >
The actress is uncomfortable with the idea of having Jessica’s real sister Sabrina in the film
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 13, 2010)
Vidya Balan and Rajkumar Gupta, the director of No One Killed Jessica, are at war. The much-talked-about film about the murder of Delhi girl Jessica Lal, as seen through the eyes of Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lal, is in a state of flux now. The lead actress and the director are at loggerheads over a serious issue.
Should the real Sabrina Lal be brought into the film? That’s the bone of contention. And Vidya, who otherwise has complete faith in her director’s decisions, is not okay with this one.
Says a source close to the project, “When Vidya first heard about Rajkumar Gupta’s plans to bring the real Sabrina into the project, she was aghast. She immediately asked Gupta if this was true. When told that Gupta and the producers UTV were indeed keen to have Sabrina in the film, Vidya suggested it would not be a good idea.
In fact, she clearly saw this as a violation of privacy. Vidya felt it was one thing to make a film on Jessica’s murder. But to put the real Sabrina Lal on screen seemed gimmicky to her.
However, Gupta had quite a different take on the subject. He felt bringing the real Sabrina into the picture would only enhance the credibility of the bio-pic.” Even now when the film is just two months from release director Rajkumar Gupta is trying to persuade the real Sabrina Lal to make an appearance More >
By Subhash K. Jha, November 8, 2010 – 14:18 IST
Vidya Balan was in Kolkata when her bare-backed boldest photo-shoot ever made news. People associated with her forthcoming film The Dirty Picture based on the life of Silk Smitha were busy trying to plug the pictures as part of the actress preparation for the role of the sleaze queen of the 1970s.
Vidya laughs off these rumours, “Nothing of the sort. The bare-backed pictures just happened. Just because these pictures are, as you say, provocative and Silk Smita was a provocative character, it doesn’t mean the two are related. At the moment, I am not giving a thought to anything except Sujoy’s film Kahani. I can’t afford to think of any other film right now. I’ll sit down for discussions on The Dirty Picture after I finish shooting Kahani and promote No One Killed Jessica.”
For Jessica, plans to include the slain girl’s sister Sabrina Lal (the character that Vidya plays) in the film were dropped. “I think we needed to respect her privacy after what she has gone through,” says Vidya.
Vidya says she did the bare-backed cover for a magazine because she wanted to bring out the sensuous side of the saree. “They had never done an Indian cover before. And they said I was the best person to do an Indian cover. I always believe the saree to be the most sensuous apparel. I think I was born to wear the saree. And I was shooting with a photographer I could trust blindly. I always try to surprise myself. It’s not More >
SUBHASH K JHA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 2, 2010)
Sabrina Lal, the doughty sister of slain model Jessica Lal, will make an appearance in the film No One Killed Jessica that Rajkumar Gupta is currently directing. Sabrina, who was hugely active in getting justice for her deceased sister, has lately shown more than a passing interest in the bio-pic. She’s also impressed by the director’s earlier film Aamir.
According to sources, the reel Sabrina, Vidya Balan, plans to meet the real Sabrina very shortly. In the meanwhile, Gupta has been re-constructing the Jessica case that shook Delhi with paintstaking authenticity. The director has publicly said he wouldn’t want his film to be a dry bio-pic but a racy thriller based on facts.
It was during one of the brain-storming sessions between the director and the actress that the idea of the real Sabrina Lal making an appearance at the end of the film came up. The idea was immediately carried forward. Apparently Sabrina has agreed to make a guest appearance in No One Killed Jessica but the news is being kept under wraps.
In a classic case of real imitating reel, Vidya Balan was shooting a crucial court scene for No One Killed Jessica in Delhi when the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence given to Manu Sharma for the murder of model Jessica Lal. When Vidya (who plays Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lal in the film) learnt about the development, she just couldn’t control her emotions.
She ran straight towards director Rajkumar Gupta announcing the news whereupon a collective ‘hurrah’ resounded on the sets.
To reach Gupta, Vidya had to wade her way through almost 500 students who had gathered at the venue of the shoot that day.
“Vidya signed a lot of autographs that day. Frankly, she has never signed so many autographs in a single day,” says an eyewitness. Everyone agreed that it called for a celebration. A sumptuous meal was ordered and a celebration followed. “The entire cast and crew on the shoot that day had lunch together. After the meal, a big round of desserts was also ordered, including kulfi and sweets. Khushi ke mauke pe meetha toh hona chahiye na?” adds the source.
Vidya said, “I am elated that justice has been done.”