Noor wants to get into issue-based journalism but hasn’t found a solution to her own issues yet. Between a flawed love life, a flailing career and daily struggles with weight, she finds her meaty story.Noor (Sinha) wants to shine a light on serious issues but is stuck being the torchbearer of mediocre puff pieces.
Watching her play this part is the most starkly disorienting thing about Noor. The movie gives her a chance to be an actual flesh-and-bone person. She’s relatable as a girl who swears by her rum (and suffers hangovers), eats cake in bed (and dreads getting on a weighing scale) and becomes the third wheel on a friend’s date (while cursing her own single life). We’ve all been there.
Sonakshi Sinha, Purab Kohli, Kanan Gill.
It is an adaptation of Saba Kazmi’s critically acclaimed book Karachi! You Are Killing Me! . Director Sunhil Sippy has achieved the rare feat of not stereotyping people in the media by showing them as jhola-toting opinionated creatures. There’s an instant connect with Noor’s world; her friends are as silly as yours, her issues are at times frivolous but her quarter-life crisis seems credible. The film is slightly over-written (a whole lot of dialogue) but lines are mostly funny.
Noor starts off in a very Sex and the City style – rather longish but fun – voice-over by Sonakshi where she tells us about her life and ambitions. Dialogue writer Ishita Moitra Udhwani must be credited for keeping the tone light and conversationalist.
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.
But where Noor falls short, Sinha rises to the occasion.Sonakshi looks quite convincing with the grimaces, pouts, eye rolls, scowls and goofy grins – displaying an amusing dorkiness. Even when her character turns serious, Sonakshi displays her prowess and aces the grim looks. Gill brings a lightheartedness to the movie and Smita Tambe delivers equally well in half the screen-time.
This is the great debut that has come seven years into Sonakshi’s career.