A couple of years ago, when Vidya Balan was working on
, little did she know that some day she’d be a part of a film based on the Jessica Lall murder case. Point out the similarity between the actual event and her then co-star Ajay Devgn’s character retracting his statements and turning witness in a murder case he first lied about, and she says, “I didn’t know that I’d even be offered a film related to Jessica Lall. But that was a different story.
No One Killed Jessica
has a different approach and even Sabrina Lall endorses it.”
The film also features Rani Mukherji, who plays a fiery journalist, and promos of her mouthing expletives have already generated a lot of buzz. On her experience working with Mukherji, considering reports that the senior actor gave Konkona Sen Sharma a hard time during the making of
Laga Chunari Mein Daag
, Balan maintains, “I had a good working relationship with Rani. We got along comfortably. I can’t speak for anyone else.”
Since she’s playing a character modelled on a real person, does Balan feel added responsibility towards her role in the movie? “The script is all I depend on as an actor. I have faith in the script and we have ensured due dignity to the case we have based our film on. There’s nothing superficial in our movie,” she asserts.
Actors are known to imbibe personality traits from the people their characters are based on. However, Balan didn’t spend time with Sabrina Lall to prepare, conceding that her study material came from news reports. “We used facts and borrowed from our imagination as to how she must have reacted and the emotions she went through,” she explains, adding that when Sabrina fought the case, the intricacies were widely reported. “We created another Sabrina Lall. We only borrowed her journey, not the person she is.”
However the actor, who’s supporting the Oral-B Smile India Movement these days, adds that Sabrina Lall is the reason the film happened. “The movie is Sabrina’s story. I met her recently at a press conference in Delhi and she said she loved the promo. Rani and I are travelling for the film’s promotion now. But we’ll surely have a screening for Sabrina soon,” she concludes.