It"s not easy to make films based on real life incidents but director Raj Kumar Gupta seems to have hit the right chord with No One Killed Jessica, which is based on model Jessica Lal's murder case. The good news is that critics have given good reviews to the film.
Popular critic Taran Adarsh described it as a gutsy film that 'deserves a standing ovation". “No One Killed Jessica is a poignant story of two women's resolve for justice. It's a remarkable blend of facts and fiction inspired by a series of real-life episodes, which has thankfully not been presented as a tedious biography or in a mind-numbing docu-drama format," he wrote, adding, “In times of yore, a lot of films have been attempted on real-life incidents, but haven't struck a chord so effectively. No One Killed Jessica should shatter this jinx. This heroic and daring film truly deserves a prolonged applause."
Gaurav Malani is all praise for the lead actors and the director. “Vidya Balan is brilliant in the role of Sabrina, splendidly symbolizing a common citizen's fight for justice. She is the soul of the film. Rani's character being fictional and glamorised seems superficial to an extent but she packs in the punch required for her dynamic character," he wrote. “Rajkumar Gupta shows absolute conviction in bringing to life one of the most significant murder-case convictions in the history of India. No one miss this cinema!" he added.
Critic Sonia Chopra is of the opinion that the film doesn"t live up to the thrill that its promos brought about but recommended it. “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!" she wrote.
However, Renuka Rao is of the opinion that the director has failed to effectively portray the real life incident in the celluloid but has all the elements that the audience would love to see on the big screens. “Watch No One Killed Jessica to see how well reality can be depicted on the big screen. Just don"t expect that on-screen reality to jolt you as much as the off-screen one did," she wrote.
No One Killed Jessica is based on model Jessica Lal"s murder case. It brings to light how people in power try to manipulate the judicial system. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Raj Kumar Gupta, the film has Rani Mukherjee playing the role of a reporter and Vidya Balan playing Jessica"s younger sister Sabrina.