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No One Killed Jessica hits theatres

A look at the movies releasing today...

bollywood Updated: Jan 07, 2011 01:47 IST

A look at the movies releasing today...

No One Killed Jessica
Genre: Social/Thriller
Director: Rajkumar Gupta
Cast: Rani Mukerjee, Vidya Balan, Neil Bhoopalam, Rajesh Sharma, Shireesh Sharma, Myra Karn
Synopsis: New Delhi, 1999. The guns at Kargil are still blazing when another one goes off, this time in the nation’s capital. Jessica, a young attractive model, trying her hand at bartending, is shot dead at a celebrity party! Her crime — refusing to serve a drink after closing hours! The culprit Manish, son of a prominent politician, inebriated by a deadly cocktail of alcohol and a sense of entitlement, pulls the trigger in a fit of rage. With 300 of Delhi's swish set present at the party, many of whom are witnesses to the murder, Manish looks all set to go to the gallows. Except, that it doesn’t quite turn out that way! Now, two women, Jessica’s sister, Sabrina and the feisty TV reporter,
Meera will have to drum up every resource at their disposal to outwit Manish at his own game, if the truth is to have any chance of prevailing over money and political clout.

Vikalp
Genre: Thriller
Director: Sachin P Karande
Cast: Deepal Shaw, Alok Nath, Chetan Pandit, Nirmal Pandey
Synopsis: Rishika Gandhi, a docile, middle class girl from an orphanage in Kolhapur is a sort of prodigy in the field of computer education. She lands up in a job with a respectable IT company in Mumbai because of her exceptional talent. Some goof up happens during her tenure as the code developer in the company. Rishika through her sheer genius wins over that hurdle and proves her detractors wrong but is so heart broken after that insult that she resigns from her job. At the same time her personal life too gets a jolt from the blue when the very affluent family of her five-year-old boyfriend, suddenly discovers about their love affairs and visits her at her hostel room and blames her for using their son for seeking financial security for her. Humiliated and heart broken, Rishika ultimately decides to leave India and takes up the offer from a Bangkok based software company.

Within a couple of months she realises that she is caught in a network of internet criminals and was being used as a hacker. Her passport and other documents are with the company only, and so, she can’t escape. Very soon she realises that leaving Bangkok against the wishes of those powerful criminals is not that easy. The technology through which she wanted to make an identity of her own ultimately has taken away her identity itself. It seems impossible to win the battle. But there has to be a way...

Ashoka The Hero
Genre: Animation
Director: Gaurav Jain
Synopsis: The time is 32 BC. King Asoka’s fierce battle against Kalinga claims 100,000 lives and the carnage moves the king to go on a quest to save mankind. He brings together the nine wise men from all over the world who harness the powers of nature and contain them in a medallion. The medallion is entrusted to the Emperor’s son Masa until its rightful owner can be found.

About 2,000 years later, Masa, still alive comes across Ashok, the son of a slain police officer. The eight-year-old child has a great desire to help others like his hero father. Realising Ashoka is the one he has been waiting for Masa entrusts the medallion to the boy and the fades to dust, his mission accomplished. The magical medallion gives Ashok superhuman powers. At first he doubts his ability but like a true hero faces up to the challenge from the corrupt claws of power. Very soon with his extra ordinary newly acquired powers Ashoka becomes a hero and a media darling at the same time. Slowly his school work begins to suffer and so does his marks and he is warned that he must not shirk responsibility like this or misuse his abilities. Amidst his first real battle with a failed scientist, Ashoka in anger attempts to destroy his foe. This leads to him losing all his powers. In the end he must face the evil without his powers and try to save the world from certain destruction.

Fair Game
Genre: Thriller
Director: Doug Liman
Cast: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Anand Tiwari
Synopsis: Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq. The thriller flick is based on Valerie Plame’s memoir, Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House.

Impatient Vivek
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Director: Rahat Kazmi
Cast: Vivek Sudarshan, Sayali Bhagat, Hrishikesh Joshi, Charu Asopa, Rounaog Ahuja
Synopsis: Vivek, who people fondly call IV, falls hopelessly in love with the female protagonist Shruti at the scenic locales of Goa. After a cold response from her, the dejected IV returns to his hometown in Rajasthan and two years later, he accidentally bumps into her. A hasty marriage proposal, dejection after knowing that she is already engaged lead to a spurned lover in Vivek to take over. The consequence will be 'the kidnapping of Shruti by IV.

Life As We Know It
Genre: Romance/ Drama
Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas
Synopsis: Holly and Eric were set up on a blind date by their friends, Peter and Allison who are married. A few years later after Peter and Allison were killed in an accident, they learn that Peter and Allison have named them as the guardians to their daughter, Sophie. So they move into their house and try their best to honour their friends’ wishes. But raising a child puts a crimp on their style and they don't exactly get along.