2011 Indian biographical thriller, No One Killed Jessica, completes 8 years today and writer-director Raj Kumar Gupta feels happy that he was able to bring this incredible story of injustice, struggle, hope and triumph on the big screen. Based on the controversial Jessica Lal murder case, the movie received six nominations at the 57th Filmfare Awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Film and the Filmfare Award for Best Actress along with Rani Mukerji winning the Best Supporting Actress award at the Filmfare awards then, for her performance in the movie.
Speaking to Pinkvilla about his journey during the course of the movie, Raj said, “It was an incident that has an emotional resonance when it happened and lot of people felt strongly about it. Country felt strongly about it. We all felt a sense of responsibility while making the film. The journey of making it was not easy but in the end, it turned out the way we wanted it to and it changed a lot of things for a lot of people involved in the film.”
The director revealed that the casting of the movie was not an easy journey yet feels happy about the fact that he was able to rope in leading actresses Vidya Balan and Rani, together and said that the duo didn’t just fall in love with his script but also trusted his vision as a director. “It’s true that getting one star in difficult today getting two would be quite a task. It is very difficult to guess why it doesn’t happen more and why do we don’t have films with brilliant actors sharing equal spaces. Our actors also need to look at characters from different POV. In Hollywood actors do even smaller parts if they feel the character is great and they love the script and they would have any to be part of the film. It also shows how confident and secure they are about themselves. We rarely see that happen in our industry. I guess that has to happen here,” encouraged Raj who also felt that as writer-directors, they need to write stronger characters and motivational stories so that the effort and eagerness could be from both sides.