Cast – Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar, Purab Kohli
Director – Sunhil Sippy
Rating – 2/5
What the film is about –
The movie begins with a huge monologue about the titular character Noor (Sonakshi Sinha) who is the quintessential Mumbai girl of today. Struggling with her job as a journalist, her family, her friends and her EMIs, Noor tries to juggle everything without dropping a ball. But she eventually does that as she gets duped by the suave Ayan
Banerjee (Purab Kohli) as she tries to dig deep for her big story as a respected reporter. Noor then tries to find a way to right all the wrongs with the help of her friends and what steps she takes is how the film unfolds.
What we think –
Saba Imtiaz’s book Karachi, You’re Killing Me has been adapted into a Bollywood movie with variations of a location change. As Karachi becomes Mumbai, the director takes some creative freedom to tailor the central character of a clumsy girl trying to build her career, take care of her dad, get smashed on Old Rum on weekends to the city we all know and mostly love. The first half starts quite interestingly as we see a voice over by Noor about how crappy her life is. With her quirks and antics, Sonakshi embodies the character as she turns into a girl-next-door of 2017. But sadly, the second half was fumbling to find a strong ground and it just goes downhill from there, ending with a weak as well as reachingly convenient climax.
Noor was a second solo risk for Sonakshi after Akira to shoulder a full film all by herself. Thankfully it isn’t quite a disaster like the last one. Sonakshi is pretty amazing in the first half and often gets a smile out of you as she makes you relate with all the problems girls face today whether it is our weight or the ‘urban legend’ of a boyfriend. But when the story hits the crux, Miss Sinha could not handle to be as convincing. Her ‘Mumbai, you’re killing me’ monologue was well written in itself, but when she says those powerful words, you don’t feel the punch behind it. All in all, I have to say that this was a debut for Sonakshi in the women-centric era, even if it’s a few years (and a few disasters) too late.
The supporting cast of the film consists of the gorgeous Shibani Dandekar and comedian Kanan Gill who play Noor’s we-will-be-there-for-you buddies. Shibani doesn’t have a lot of screen time and is more or less wasted in the film. And as far as Kanan goes, the funny guy made an impressive debut but I couldn’t help but feel that the dramatic emotions on his face were a little ‘pretentious’, if you know what I mean.
Apart from all this, we have a few good tunes in the films with the Gulabi Aankhen remix and the Noor title track. Along with that there are some interesting Mumbai locations followed by some from London which, if you ask me was totally and completely unnecessary. It was like doing the mandatory foreign shoot for the heck of it or maybe because the producer had some package tourist deal.
Director Sunhil Sippy made a strong attempt to combine an urban looking movie with young energy, some romance, a proper conflict and of course a social message. But somewhere in between the substance doesn’t hit the right spot.
Our Verdict –
Noor is definitely a one time watch especially since it’s a short two hour flick. The reason it might just seem worth it because, fortunately or unfortunately, it doesn’t affect or stay with you as soon as you step out of the theater.