There could not have been a better beginning for 2011 than this . Ladies and Gentlemen , prepare for the ovation , Here’s why –
1. Because we , living in the times of Dabanggs , Golmaals and Teesmarkhans , can’t really afford to miss this one . No , it’s not just the “relative factor” .The movie is based on 1999 real life incident which shook the national conscience and initiated judicial activism in a rare case which could easily have been Open and Shut Case . Film bodes well for Hindi cinema which is not too keen on reality and the very concept of Justice though Aamir , Udaan kinds has kept hopes alive .
2.Because of brilliant and soulful music by Amit Trivedi and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya who have previously been acclaimed for Aamir , Dev D and Udaan . Song like ‘Dilli’ , ‘Aitbaar’ and ‘Aali Re’ has enhanced the impact of dark and compelling moments of the movie . I have been awed by their consistent brilliance and would like to elaborate more on them in a separate post .
3.Because of power packed performance by Rani Mukherjee in the role of ‘proud to be bitch’ , fearless journalist with crackling chutzpah . Vidya Balan has been applauded for her fine portrayal of Sabrina (Victim’s sister ) .Her silent , subtle and unglamorous portrayal speaks volume of her talent .
4 .For the sheer brilliance of director RajKumar Gupta who did his directorial debut with ‘Aamir’ and deserves applause for making a movie which comments on dark underbelly of Delhi where power is something which is more abused than it is used , be it politicians , traffic cops , police or rich socialites which means if you are somebody , then you can even get away after murdering someone .
5. Because this can happen to anyone . The question here isn’t – Who killed Jessica ? The question is who killed justice in thousands of pending cases which did not receive such media glare and where culprits are moving scot-free . Each of those cases symbolizes rot in democracy and judiciary .
6. Because I don’t find any reason for not watching it .
I rest my case .