Director : Sunhil Sippy
Music : Amaal Mallik
Lyrics : Manoj Muntashir and Kumaar
Starring : Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli

April 21, 2017 5:03:06 PM IST
Noor Review By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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She hates interviewing Sunny Leone and cringes over the faulty geyser, desires to do a substantial story, the 28 year old Noor (Sonakshi Sinha) is the desi Bridget Jones - sloppy, self- obsessed but endearingly funny as our fellow journalist next desk.

NOOR produced by T-Series and Abundantia Entertainment is a charming feel good cinema that is able to put a SPOTLIGHT on the city of dreams Mumbai and mirror the complicated but liberal, indefinable and progressive life of an upper middle-class metropolitan urban.


Putting Sonakshi Sinha at the top of her game NOOR is happy to please more as a coming of age rom com and less as a serious note on journalism (and we don't mind in the end), the Sunhil Sippy directed venture based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz's novel 'Karachi, You're Killing Me!' works both - as a winner in multiplexes and adding certain grace to female characters in Bollywood that are neatly defined, fleshed out knowing exactly what they are suppose to do.

Credit goes to the writers (Sunhil Sippy, Althea Delmas-Kaushal and Shikhaa Sharma) who impress with the bang on characterization of Noor (Sonakshi Sinha) a pleasant flash back of Renee Zellweger in BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY doesn't harm but gives a healthy feeling. Noor desires to be a worthy journalist that follows sensational stories but is rather reduced to doing 'pointless' interviews and stories. The 28 year Mumbaikar constantly cringes about her weight and waist with lines like 'mere bottom ka toh ab apna pin code ho jaygega', her search for a perfect man is unending but her life is fun with her BFF Saad Sehgal (Kanan Gill) and Zara Patel (Shibani Dandekar).

An assignment from her boss and one time inspiration Shekhar (Manish Chaudhry) to interview a doctor known for his charity opens some disturbing facts about an organ harvesting racket. Meanwhile, Noor has befriended photojournalist Ayan (Purab Kohli) who has covered gulf war. Divulging more details will be a spoil sport but in a series of denial, betrayal, the call for ethos in journalisms that follow, we witness the transformation of the clumsy Noor to women who has a voice of her own.

The writers may have ignored the authenticity and legality involved in a disturbingly serious story that exposes the organ harvesting racket and it's an undeniable flaw. Also the eagerness of Noor in sharing the sensational information with Ayan is debatable and the sudden facebook request by Noor to her maid is strange and the paper revolution that follows won't excite a section but what works is the erstwhile breezy, light hearted charm that gets laced with a well intentioned message - Mumbai : You're Killing Me that peeps into the city's current condition.

Sunhil Sippy shows vast improvement from SNIP! (2000) and convincingly holds the viewer and make the story flow naturally. The ability of NOOR to get instant identification is a major triumph.

NOOR belongs to Sonakshi Sinha right from the word go, after cutting a terrific figure in AKIRA by kicking the right butts and 'khamoshing' (silencing) her critics, the lass comes exactly to terms with what is exactly required in the endearing clumsiness and underrated wisdom in the fully realized character that is done with full confidence and brilliance by the actor. CHASME BADDOR (the Persian word meaning away from evils and bad influence), we wish from now on after AKIRA and NOOR Sonakshi stays away from the evils of appearing as a glamour doll as she has much more to offer.

Ayan (Purab Kohli) is extremely natural and shines. Kanan Gill impresses and amuses as well. Shibani Dandekar is gorgeous and has her moments. Manish Chaudhry is brilliant. Smita Tambe as Noor's maid is excellent. Suchaitra Pillai is fine.

Production values are first rate. Keiko Nakahara's camera work is eye candy. Aarif Sheikh's editing is crisp. Fabeha's costume designing and casting by Sharon Flynn and Omkar Ketkar deserves special mention. Naren Chandavarkar and Benedict Taylor music has a winner in 'Gulabi Aankhen' the smart mix of Spice Girls 'Wannabe' in the beats makes it more peppy and Soankshi groves it to perfection on screen.

All said and done. NOOR is an endearing lovable hoor (women) waiting at your nearest screen that shows Sonakshi Sinha in her top form. She is clumsy, confused but charming oozing with positivity and lots of fun. Do make a date with this NOOR. CHASME BADDOR.

 Noor Review Rating : 
3.5/5 stars

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