MOVIE REVIEW: Noor
Read Lokesh Dharmani's verdict of the film
Director- Sunhil Sippy
Starring- Sonakshi Sinha, Hip Hip Hurray in Salt and Pepper look and Pretentious Movie Reviewer
Rating – 3 stars
Noor is not path breaking cinema. But it’s not regressive as well. It tries too hard man. But it has some well-written scenes too. It gets unnecessarily lengthy. But it does have a message at the end. Yeah, a message that comes after much drama and deliberation.
So you see where I am going with this review? Noor has its moments but falters at many places. Let’s list them all down!
The first half of Noor presents some believable characters. Noor’s boss is not too bossy, friends not too sugarcoated and her father not too indulgent or too strict. Except Noor herself. This Bengali journalist wants to do meaningful journalism, except, totally screws it up when a big story comes her way. She raves about research and sundry but hardly seems to be practicing it when it comes to her love life or her office. The film thankfully calls out her irresponsible and unethical style of journalism.
There is a well-written first date scene between Noor and Aayaan (Purab Kohli) that has the right amount of sense and sensibility, humor and bubbling chemistry between the two.
So far, so breezy.
Alas, the second half. Oh man, the second half.
After the professional fiasco, Noor is sad. Noor hasn’t eaten for three days. Noor is sulky. Noor needs a break. Noor goes to London especially when she has a depleting bank balance. Halwa nahi hain London jana boss. She reaches the U of K faster than I could fill up my visa form bro. And it all makes sense because one gets perspective when away from problems. Wow if problems mean a holiday in London, I would love to be neck deep in problems. The words are ‘derailing’ ‘digressing’ and ‘dragging.’
Noor after touring on the Big English Bus is now ready to strike back. Except she makes the same mistake of naming victims and pitting them against corrupt officials in a, hold your breath for this one, poem called Mumbai, you’re killing me that goes viral. The film could have been better called Journalist Bani Poetess.
However the film does save its face in a brief interview with social media celebrity Noor that finally addresses the problem of how we sensationalise news and derail from the main issue. Though I wish they fleshed it out more than briefly mentioning it.
This is by far Sonakshi’s most candid performance. She is quite a natural and full points to embracing her weight issues and making it look so cool. There is a scene when she is dating an incompatible person in a borrowed pair of jeans and she says, “Main Gaurav ki life aur Zara ki jeans mein kabhi fit nahi ho sakti thi.” Cracked me up!
But I have to admit there is a scene where both Sonakshi Sinha and Smita Tambe cry and that shows us the real fine actor. That scene had me misty eyed too!!
Purab Kohli is efficient too but I can never wrap my head around the fact that he is over 40. Purab can be 40 and play a 40-year-old character but to me he will always be the young lad from Hip Hip Hurray. He is the teenage version of Darsheel Safari.
Kanan Gill makes a promising debut. I dare him to do a pretentious movie review of Noor! Ha!
THE RATINGS MEAN:
5 stars: Loved it. (This could make to top ten movies you must watch before you die!)
4 stars: Liked it. Recommend it. (This will help you sound intellectual and give you stuff to add at water cooler conversations.)
3 stars: Didn’t hurt. Watch it once.
2 stars: It put me to sleep. Watch it if you are an insomniac or a newly wedded couple. Winks!
1 star: Do I even need to explain this?