Noor


Noor’ stars Sonakshi Sinha, Shibani Dandekar, Kannan Gill, Manish Chaudhary, Smita Tambe, Purab Kohli, and a special appearance by Sunny Leone. It has been directed by British-Indian filmmaker Sunhil Sippy and is based on Pakistani writer Saba Imtiaz’s novel ‘Karachi, You Are Killing Me!’

Twenty eight-year-old Noor Roy Choudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) is a journalist with a news organisation run by Shekhar Das (Manish Chaudhary). She does a show called ‘Mumbai’s Believe It Or Not’ but she wants to do serious and meaningful stories. But she is given “non-serious” stories, as such news bring in TRPs. Her boss sends her to interview Sunny Leone, but messes it up due to her half-hearted and lazy attitude.

On the personal front, she is unhappy because she is overweight and single. She hangs out with her friends Saad (Kannan) and Zara (Shibani Dandekar) who give her pep-talks. In her quest for a boyfriend, Noor comes across a photojournalist Ayananka Bannerjee aka Ayan (Purab Kohli) and begins a whirlwind romance with him.

Noor finally gets her big assignment which is scandalous and risky and after her maid Malti (Smita Tambe) reveals shocking things about her and her brother’s health. Following the lead, Noor discovers a major organ-trade racket. But due to some mis-guided steps, her overzealous attitude and stupidity, things become worse, the victim’s life is in danger and she stars getting threat calls. Her boss blames her for all the mess and Noor is forced to take a break from job. She then decides to set things right and records a video about how the illegal organ trade and greed of some people is causing loss of innocent lives and the city becoming insensitive and polluted and also brings up the issue of women’s safety. She posts the video on a digital platform and it goes viral and Noor becomes a hero overnight. But whether she is able to accomplish her “breaking news” is what lies ahead.

The movie begins on a breezy note and hits the right chord with today’s generation in its presentation. The protagonist is shown as a regular user of Facebook, Whatsapp and high on social media.

Almost the entire first half of the film revolves around establishing Noor’s character as a single, independent working lady in a big city, struggling with weight issues and finances who is not satisfied with her work either. There are some hilarious and light-hearted moments in Noor’s interactions with her friends Saad and Zara. Her argument with her boss after messing up Sunny Leone’s interview is also a great scene.  Noor and Ayan’s brief romance is also endearing, but suddenly the film takes an unexpected turn and seems like an investigative-thriller, or sensationalism in media, corruption and greed, or Noor’s socio-political awakening. The second part brings along many sub-plots and raises serious and relevant issues, but only skims the surface without delving further.

The dialogues are conversational and relatable, but at times Noor’s constant complaints gets on the nerves. Also, the profession of journalism has been misrepresented and the protagonist is shown as unprofessional and careless and her approach to uncover the scandal is immature. Noor’s characterisation doesn’t come across as a correspondent.

‘Noor’ is made better by Sonakshi Sinha with her impressive act. Her portrayal of a frustrated journalist is relatable, including her grimances and goofy antics. She also plays her serious part very well. Smita Tambe makes an impact with her performance, while Kanna Gill and Shibani Dandekar add to the light-heartedness of the movie. Manish Chaudhary and Purab Kohli are talented actors and have done well in their small roles.    

Overall, ‘Noor’ and Sonakshi, along with all other actors make for a decent watch even though the story-line is average.