If one of the most underlining motifs of the year gone by can be underlined, it would be the films with Delhi as a theme that made the audience sit up and take notice as they were situated around the middle class existentialist dilemma. One may not have much problem in saying that what Mumbai represented just few years ago, the angst, the tribulations and the trials of middle class, Delhi came to identify it in a much more pronounced manner in 2010. It was primarily owing to the fact that large number of directors who had grown up in Delhi, used it as the backdrop to make their films in Mumbai.
With the onset of 2011, NO ONE KILLED JESSICA is going to accentuate that cultural space of Delhi associated with middle class in a much determined manner. Pleasantly enough, it was the murder of Jessica Lall, and the protest associated with it as the predominant motif through RANG DE BASANTI that had juxtaposition Delhi as the new city of experiment of middle class cinema. And now with the biography associated with her life going to be released today, it would indeed be interesting to watch whether Delhi keeps its faith with the new found identity as the voice of middle class angst through Hindi cinema.
Coincidences are indeed interesting. When NO ONE KILLED JESSICA is being released, anther candle protest movement is building around the mysterious death of Arushi Talwar. For NO ONE KILLED JESSICA to succeed it has to be resounding success in Delhi.
Presently the odds are attacked against it, primarily on account of really bad weather conditions. Delhi has been fogged out and the university and the colleges are closed. But it could prove to be a blessing in disguise as NO ONE KILLED JESSICA could be used as the reference point for meeting among the students, to hang out, identify with the film, and probably start a movement to cleanse the political system. The title song in the film 'DILLI' could set the tone as it is a tribute to the wonderful city and its enigmatic character, but the lyrics of the song have a sense of irony in them as well.
Is it asking too much? Well, it is the cultural signposts which have led revolutions, and NO ONE KILLED JESSICA could set the trigger, as the nation needs a new revolution to get out of the morass that has set in, in its moral fabric.