A tale of 2 women fighting for justice in a city where power rules all. No One Killed Jessica follows the real-life murder case of model and celebrity bartender Jessica Lal who was shot to death for refusing to serve drinks after closing the bar to a politician’s son in the summer of 1999
The movie follows the struggle of her family especially her sister Sabrina who got the call about her death when she sets to find out the culprit of her sister. She encounters major blockages as the politician either threatens or bribes the witnesses.
The movie shows a brief glimpse of a high society party hosted by a well-known socialite in Delhi where Jessica is bartending with some friends, they make plans for coffee after and serve drinks. They shut off the bar as the drinks are over and at that time 3 men walk over and ask for drinks. Jessica and her friend Dilip who was managing the bar reiterate that the drinks are over, and the bar is closed when the men insist on some drinks. They walk away when Jessica in a fiery manner holds the closed plaque to their faces they walk off. Until they see another man with 2 drinks and then go towards the inner area of the bar where one of them, referred to as Monu, misbehaves with some of Jessica’s friends and she steps in. He tries to coerce her into giving him and his friends a drink again which she adamantly refuses, her attitude causes him to get frustrated and pull out a gun to scare her. He tries to threaten her which is still met with refusal, which infuriates him, and he shoots her in the head in a fit of anger.
The entire murder is shown as a flashback due to the incident being narrated to Sabrina who asks around and gathers all the close friends who were present at the party as the case gets taken to the police. The politician works to make it go away along with his team of people to ensure that the case does not hinder his son or his own political career. The proceedings that take place then start from the interrogation of the culprit who nearly confesses to the crime but as the case gets taken to court, the witnesses other than hardly 2 or 3 who have ample influence or guts or money refuse to change their statement despite the bribes offered, threats given, or any pressure used to make them change their words. This causes the case to be stretched for over 6 years in the local court despite plenty of circumstantial evidence letting the culprit off with a non-guilty verdict.
Enter Meera Gaity, a well-known war correspondent journalist and a follower of the Jessica Lal case. When the verdict is delivered, her reaction is ferocious and she uses her higher position in her news agency to devise tactics to bring the truth out in front of the audience and the country, the agenda being simple, bring justice to Jessica Lal and ensure that the criminals responsible are locked up and getting the punishment that they deserve. She approaches Sabrina who after struggling for nearly 7 years has now given up on getting the justice her beloved sister deserves. She reignites her hope and together they set off to bring Monu Bharadwaj and his family down, and ensure that Jessica can rest in peace.
The entire story of the movie focuses less on the murder but rather on the struggle of Sabrina and her steadfast character and nearly immovable determination. It focuses on her anger, her relationship with her sister and how her straightforward and trusting nature sets her apart. Simultaneously the focus is also on Meer who is devious and loyal, someone who places her practicality in front of everything but gets involved in the case emotionally. Both the women and their contrasting characters are brought to light wonderfully. The movie makes one look at themselves and question what would they do in the situation of the victims and also highlights that women no matter how different are always supported by each other.