CHAT Director Rajkumar Gupta says the title No One Killed Jessica was inspired by a newspaper headline
“I t is not about complaining about the thousand flaws and cynicisms of society but to celebrate the spirit of 10 good things happening,” says director Rajkumar Gupta, talking about his film “No One Killed Jessica”, which hit theatres this week.
Gupta says the movie is a tribute to the struggle and sacrifices of Sabrina Lal to seek justice for the murder of her sister Jessica Lal. Although much has already been said and written about the sensational murder case and justice meted out to the culprits, the director says he still felt the issue needed to be addressed on the big screen. “When I started my research on the subject, I felt all was there already, but, gradually as I proceeded, I discovered facts and aspects related to the case that I felt needed to be told,” he says. The director says although the film was based on a true story, fictional incidents have been added to the film. “This (the film) is not a documentary. Some artificial incidents and situations have been added to the sensitivity of the issue.”Constructing the story for the film, he says, has been quite a difficult task. “The whole case had many twists and turns; many loose ends and many starts. It was quite a cumbersome task and I tried my best to create a balance in terms of writing, performances and all the other aspects.”
On the film's title, Gupta says, “The film has been titled on a satirical note with reference to a newspaper headline. The whole issue was ironic.”
The director says the movie has been inspired by the efforts of Sabrina Lal and her die-hard attitude. “The film is about all of us. What happened with Sabrina could happen to anyone of us, and how one responds then to the situation is where Sabrina stands as an inspiration for us.”
FAISAL M. NAIM