On June 1, 2020, Manu Sharma, who was convicted in the 1999 Jessica Lal murder case, was released from the Tihar jail on the grounds of ‘good behaviour’. Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who played the role of Jessica’s sister Sabrina in Raj Kumar Gupta’s film, No One Killed Jessica, reacted to this news while speaking with Quint.
Vidya said that she doesn’t think any amount of time in jail is enough for people like him. However, she added that she hopes that he is a reformed person now.
The online entertainment portal quoted the actress as saying, “Personally speaking, I don’t think any amount of time for him or for people like him in jail is enough. So that will always play in my mind. Yes, may be he has turned a new leaf. I hope he has. I hope he is a reformed person.”
She further added, “So that’s all one can hope you know, after spending so much time in jail. That is the point of being in prison, right? That you reform. So let us hope that has happened.”
For those who don’t know, in 1999, at a night club in Delhi, Manu Sharma had shot dead Jessica after she refused to serve him liquor. Manu, son of former Union minister Venod Sharma, was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for Jessica’s murder by the Delhi High Court in December 2006.
In 2011, filmmaker Raj Kumar Gupta directed a film No One Killed Jessica on this shocking murder case. The film revolves around the struggle of Sabrina Lal (played by Vidya Balan) to bring her sister’s killer to justice. Rani Mukerji essays the role of an investigative journalist who joins hands with Sabrina to seek justice for the latter’s sister.
No One Killed Jessica was well-received by the critics and the audience.