Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Purab Kohli, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar
Director: Sunhil Sippy
Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Krishnan Kumar,
Writers: Althea Delmas-Kaushal, Shikhaa Sharma,
What's Yay: Sonakshi Sinha, Concept
What's Nay: Slow narrative, Dragged second
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Iconic Moment: The scene where Sonakshi Sinha
indulges in some heart-to-heart talk with her City Of Dreams and
delivers a monologue- 'Mumbai You're Killing Me'.
'The trouble is you think you have all the time' says Noor Roy
Choudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) in the beginning of the film and what
follows next immediately gives you an insight of her outlook
towards life and her career which has nothing in common with this
Our desi Bridget Jones is a bumbling journalist for a
broadcast news agency called Buzz which specializes in
entertainment and freak show stories. She wants to do some serious
issue-based reporting but instead finds herself braving the Mumbai
rains on her birthday to interview Sunny Leone or doing a story on
a man who walks on his hands. 'Dunia ki sabse pointless
journalist', she calls herself at a point. Her rejection
application of her dream job at CNN lying in her mailbox further
seems to taunt her for her failures.
Noor is relatable as a girl who swears by rum, cribs about her
weight and believes good guys are an urban legend. The Choudhary
household further consists of her understanding dad and their
cutely grumpy ginger cat. And yes, Noor with her two
besties, Zaara (Shibani Dandekar) and Saad (Kanan
Gill) are the 'Three Musketeers' who share ups
and downs of life with each other.
Our heroine's regular story turns upside down when she
meets a dishy photojournalist Ayaan Banerjee (Purab Kohli) at an
art exhibition and bags an opportunity of a video interview of her
maid Malti (Smita Tambe) which exposes a life-threatening
Will this city help Noor in discovering her true self or will
her voice get drowned amidst the noise?
Sunhil Sippy tries to make a valid point in Noor as his
protagonist while looking out for the 'big story of her
career' ends up neglecting the basics of journalism for her
selfish ambitions. This holds true in the times where the media
often ends up deconstructing a human's life to mere breaking news
or ticker at a prime time just for the sake of TRPs or personal
gains without thinking about its repercussions on the lives of the
Noor is based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz's novel, '
Karachi, You're Killing Me'. The intention of the film is noble but
it's when Sippy tries to pack in too much ingredients when Noor's
coming-of-the-age journey loses its purpose and ends up being
superficially effective though it has its own 'shining' moments.
Thankfully, the makers don't indulge in melodrama to reduce it to a
sob-fest and that works fine for Noor.
While the film talks about the importance of research and
background work in journalism, very little thought seems to have
gone into painting an accurate depiction of a journalist.
Sonakshi Sinha as the self-obsessed Noor keeps you
hooked as she brings in certain sense of vulnerabilty to her
character and you connect with her quarterly life-crisis at every
Manish Choudhary plays Shekhar, her editor boss who was
once apparently an inspirational figure but has now opted to run
his wife's company. He too rises up at a couple of
Kanan Gill (for all you, Pretentious Review fans!) is likeable
but what's with that permanent grin plastered on your face
throughout the film? Shibani Dandekar has nothing crucial to offer
to the plot.
There is a scene in the movie where Sonakshi's Noor tells her
newly-acquired beau Ayaan (Purab Kohli), 'You are hot' and there my
friend, you instantly find yourself nodding your head in agreement.
The unexpected twist given to his character is an icing to the
Noor takes its own time to establish the plot and that can be
quite patience-testing for some. The London sub-plot adds no meat
to the film and the narrative looses steam in the second
Keiko Nakahara's cinematography is top-notch and gives you
plenty of moments to cherish. Aarif Sheikh's editing scissors could
have been a bit more sharper to make it a crisp watch. Some of the
dialogues strike a chord. Sample this- 'Kuch toh trolls kehenge,
trolls ka kaam hai kehna'.
The revamped 'Gulabi Aankhein' track has some catchy EDM beats
and turns out to be a nice party song to groove on post gulping
down a few drinks. Uff Yeh Noor is a breezy listen while Jise
Kehte Hai Pyaar and Hai Zaroori fail to make a mark.
Sonakshi Sinha's latest offering isn't a picture-perfect world
when it comes to viewing as it has its own set of flaws. But it
does make up for a fluffy watch with your pals who stick by your
side no matter what life tosses at you. In a nutshell,
Noor's self-discovery journey triumphs over her journalist
self and she at least deserves a chance!