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The awesome twosome

Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan to star in a movie on the Jessica Lall murder case.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2009 17:14 IST

Rani Mukherjee, Vidya Balan to star in a movie on the Jessica Lall murder case.

Aamir director Rajkumar Gupta, who won accolades for his unconventional maiden film featuring television’s blue-eyed boy Rajeev Khandelwal, is gearing up for his next film with UTV. This one is tentatively called No One Killed Jessica.

And there is some exciting news on his second film’s front. A source reveals that two major actresses — Bong beauty Rani Mukherjee and Paa actress Vidya Balan — are all set to play the lead roles in the film.

The two heroines were earlier supposed to team up in Pradeep Sarkar’s Laaga Chunri Mein Daag. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out with Vidya then. However, this time the actresses stand a good chance of being reteamed.

Apparently, Kareena Kapoor was Gupta’s first choice for one of the roles but it didn’t work out. The source informs, “Creatively, the cast is finalised, but UTV is still negotiating with the actresses on the money factor. Both the actresses have quoted a very high price. Vidya is to play someone closely affected by the crime, while Rani plays a fiery journalist.”

Gupta, who is filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s protégé, has revealed in an earlier interview that, No One Killed Jessica is set in Delhi. “Unlike Aamir, this film will have two-three strong female characters. It is inspired by the real life murder of Jessica Lal but it’s not entirely based on that,” he then said.

On being quizzed about Vidya Balan and Rani Mukherjee being the two leading ladies in the film, Gupta revealed reluctantly, “I am in the process of finalising my cast but I won’t comment on it now. The film is going on the floors soon and will be produced by UTV. We are going to make a formal announcement very soon.”