'Noor' is based on Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me!. Directed by Sunhil Sippy, movie revolves around a journalist-writer Noor played by Sonakshi Sinha, about her misadventures and love life as she navigates her way through Mumbai. End of the story!
Noor is nothing but a 28 year old girl who is a journalist by profession and somehow managing her life in bits and pieces. She is so much frustated with her fat belly and not-so-happening life to which she decides to switch her personality to 'Tedhi Savitri' and then dances to the not-so-good remix of 'Gulabi' and then returns in her reality with 'epic hangover' and suddenly she realises of her 24*7 profession of journalism and brings up a story with no cross check of the facts and suffer hardships in order to make people believe of her story is all what you will get in those 1 hour 56 minutes. Better to save your time.
Sonakshi has once again proved us, better to choose your films wisely just not for the sake of 'women centric' tags. All you hear in the first half, from her are the problems she is dealing with right now. You shall HEAR them, literally.
Although Sonakshi looked perfect playing the slothy character but unfortunately the script could not help it out. Kanan Gill as Noor's childhood friend, could have been more promising but apart from supporting the protagonist he could not stand out. Purab Kohli in his small yet essential role held his charm throughout.
The movie doesn't hold the same pace throughout its 2 hour run time, 2nd half shall bring some twist and turns from the on going rom-com but at the end it drops down. It somehow tries to bring out the reality of a journalist, where the story of the journalist works only to the extent if people are interested but fails to create an impact on its viewers with that approach.
Let us know what others have in their kitty about the film:
Hindustan Times : Sonakshi looks quite convincing with the grimaces, pouts, eye rolls, scowls and goofy grins - displaying an amusing dorkiness, but Noor does not understand journalism, it fails to establish enough angst for the protest it hopes to ignite, it stops being the rom-com (the one thing that the movie was getting right) pretty soon and it does not give the victims enough time for us to empathise, nor does it ponder over the aggressors enough, for us to loathe them.
India Today : Noor is neither a slice-of-life film on the lines of Bridget Jones' Diary which it tries to emulate nor does it develop into a good film about the journalism business. Noor calls herself a broadcast journalist but comes back to a newsroom which has literally no more than three people working at any given point. Is this a news channel or a website? We don't know. Sonakshi Sinha plays, perhaps, the most uncharismatic character of her life in Noor. After Akira, Noor is another failed attempt to reinvent herself as a solo-heroine who can put butts in seats.
Times Of India : Noor (Sinha) wants to shine a light on serious issues but is stuck being the torchbearer of mediocre puff pieces. Since the movie gets this generation right, it has to get its flaws right too. Noor introduces a conflict which is serious and relevant, but offers very little by way of resolution. It unintentionally gives a nod to armchair-activism, and as representative of our time as it is, it simply cannot cover-up the lazy writing towards the end. A slightly stronger effort on the protagonist’s part could have propelled the movie into greatness.
Indian Express : Noor the film is as mixed up as its female protagonist of the same name: it gets some things right and the others horribly wrong. The actors all do their job, though. Especially Sonakshi who brings a vulnerability to her looking-for-herself persona. There’s a delicious passage between her and the one-who-might-be-the-one, where the back-and-forth dialogue is pitch-perfect and beautifully timed, both the girl and guy clearly revelling in the zone: questing, probing, and waking up, to the possibilities of love. If only the whole film was like that.