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Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerjee work together in “No One Killed Jessica.”

Vidya Balan helps solve her sister’s murder in “No One Killed Jessica.”

“No One Killed Jessica” Starring Rani Mukerjee, Vidya Balan, Neil Bhoopalam, Rajesh Sharma, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Yogendra Tikku, Bubbles Subharwal; directed by Rajkumar Gupta; music by Amit Trivedi.

This political thriller set in New Delhi is inspired by a real life controversial murder case where the accused was acquitted. But after nationwide protests, the case was reopened and justice was finally served. Jessica is an attractive aspiring model working as a bartender. When she refuses to serve a drink after closing hours, she is shot in a drunken fit of rage by Manish Bharadwaj, the son of a prominent politician. Hundreds were present at the party and witnessed the heinous crime, but yet the killer manages to go free. Vidya Balan plays Sabrina Lal, Jessica’s elder sister who makes it her life’s mission to bring justice for her sister’s killer. Rani Mukerjee is Meera Gaity, a fearless well-known TV reporter determined to teach the culprits a lesson. Battling political clout and big money, the two women use all their resources to outwit the accused and bring the truth to light. Both Rani and Vidya have garnered high praise for their performances from director Rajkkumar Gupta, who had previously directed 2008’s acclaimed film “Aamir.”







Aamir Khan plays a reclusive painter in “Dhobi Ghat.”

Monica Dogra captures the sights of Mumbai in “Dhobi Ghat.”

“Dhobi Ghat” Starring Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra; directed by Kiran Rao; music by Gustavo Santaolalla.

Shot entirely in Mumbai during monsoon season in real locations, “Dhobi Ghat,” tells the story of four characters involving themes of loneliness, loss and love. Kriti Malhotra is Yasmin, a shy girl from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, who has recently shifted to Mumbai. Shai, played by Monica Dogra, is a banker visiting from America; her hobby is photography. She meets Arun, played by Aamir Khan, a gifted reclusive painter at his show’s opening. After an evening together, they part ways thinking they’ll never meet again. Prateik Babbar plays Munna, the dhobi aspiring to be an actor who delivers clothes to Shai’s house. In exchange for Dogra shooting his portfolio, he agrees to show her the real sights of the city. An unlikely friendship develops between them. While settling into a new apartment, Arun discovers an absorbing secret that finds a way into his heart. It’s a story of people from vastly different backgrounds whose worlds intersect. Debutante director Kiran Rao, who also wrote the story, said she was inspired by her experiences as a tenant in Mumbai. The film is her homage to the vibrant city and its people. The English version of this film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. The musical score is composed by the Academy Award winning Argentinian composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

Compiled by SHEPHALI J. RELE

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