Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Purab Kohli, Shibani Dhandekar
Director: Sunhil Sippy
Noor opens with a monologue by Sonakshi Sinha on how she hates her life, how she aspires to be taken seriously at work and by the people in her life. She works for a news agency of sorts where she wants to work on issue based stories while her boss sends her to interview Sunny Leone because that gets TRPs. A disastrous interview later, Noor Roy Choudhary, a University topper, is seen arguing with her boss about how she wants to do some serious work and needs to be taken seriously for she has more to her than interviewing Leone. But just like Noor, the film itself cannot be taken too seriously.
A flippant story line which tries to achieve too many things and has Sonakshi breaking into monologues every now and then, Noor fails to take flight despite some genuinely good moments.
Amidst feature stories and drunken nights with childhood friends Saad and Zaara, Noor stumbles upon an organ trade racket- a story that can change her career for the better. But a few misguided steps later, Noor realizes that she has done the job shoddily putting the victim’s life in danger.
Based on Saba Imtiaz’s book Karachi! You’re Killing Me, Noor starts off as a light, breezy chick-flick and suddenly becomes dramatic and mildly preachy. You begin to enjoy the camaraderie that Noor shares with her two besties Saad and Zara. You root for Noor and Ayan’s love story and while you are warming up to watching a funny, slice-of-life film, the film takes an unexpected turn and becomes a story of self-discovery or maybe about how insensitive big cities become to human emotions or how in the rat race, media is slowly giving up on ethics. All these sub-plots make Noor a mishmash. And unfortunately it doesn’t delve deeper into any of the sub-plots. Everything remains on the surface level.
A scene in the second half has Noor indulging in a monologue where she begins with ‘Mumbai you’re killing me’ and how unnecessarily an innocent life has been lost because of the greed of a select few and then she goes on a rant of sorts about how Mumbai is insensitive, unsafe and polluted. No idea how organ trade racket and safety of women is connected but the post goes viral on social media, making Noor a hero of sorts.
The film does boast of an interesting cast. While Sonakshi Sinha delivers an endearing performance as the sulking, self loathing Noor, Kanan Gill and Shibani Dhandekar also perform well. The scenes between Sinha and Gill are actually quite sweet and bring an instant smile to your face. Purab Kohli in an extended cameo as a successful photo-journalist is sort of wasted in the film. The film’s music by Amaal Malik is nice and breezy. Scenes which capture Mumbai rains are well shot by cinematographer Keiko Nakahara.
So does Noor work? Marginally for its performances but it tries to tell too many things at the same time.