One would respect crime rep after seeing `No One...`: Rani

Last Updated: Dec 20, 2010, 11:08 AM IST

Mumbai: Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee, who finds the job of a crime reporter risky and difficult, says one would respect and salute them after seeing her up-coming film `No One Killed Jessica`.

"When we see crime reporters on TV we do not understand how difficult and risky their work is. I think in a day-to-day life, crime reporting is more risky as they are unaware of what assignment they would go for. They go to weird and dangerous places. Especially for girls it is tougher," Rani said.

`No One Killed Jessica` is based on model Jessica Lall who was shot dead in 1999 by Manu Sharma, son of a Haryana politician, in a Delhi night club.

"Through my character in the film I am sure people will respect and salute them for the kind of job they do. It is very fascinating profession where the basic job requirement is to be fearless and brave. I feel great that I am portraying the role of a crime reporter," the 32-year-old actress said.

Directed by Rajkumar Gupta, the film features Vidya Balan as Jessica`s sister Sabrina, who fought the case to get justice and Rani plays a journalist in the movie.

"The very fact that I am playing a journalist in the film is also one of the reasons why I am part of it. It is the first time that media is shown in a powerful light in the movie," the Bengali beauty said.

The actress feels the media played a key role in delivering justice in the controversial Jessica Lall case.

"During this case, the media was instrumental in making people aware and also in awakening them. And because of which there was public outcry. It shook the judicial system of our country," Rani said. At a time when people are concerned about their own lives and cares for no one, everyone stood up for a girl whom they don`t know. It showed that people of India are together in their fight for injustice, she added.

About her character, Rani said, "The director wanted me to put my own colour into the character. There were lot of reporters who were actively involved in this case but in a film we couldn`t have all of it. So I`m trying to amalgamate all of them into one character called Meera. It would be unfair to say I got inspired by a particular journalist."

The film releases on January 7.

PTI