Review Noor: All Sparkle And No Gleam

NOOR Movie STORY: Noor wants to get into point-based journalism but hasn’t found a solution to her own issues yet. Between a awry love life, a flailing career and daily struggles with weight, she finds her pithy story.

NOOR Analysis: Who knew  actress Sonakshi Sinha was adequate of this all along?

Watching her play this part is the most starkly baffling thing about Noor. The film gives her a chance to be an actual flesh-and-bone person. She’s emphatetic 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.

Noor (Sinha) wants to gleam a light on serious issues but is fast being the torch conveyor of mediocre puff pieces. Her childhood friend Saad (Gill) gives her pep-talks from the friendzone and her mentor (Chaudhary) dynasty her in when she’s too anxious about a new exposé. Even as she’s coming to terms with the hotness of her new boyfriend, Ayan (Kohli), her maid Malti (Tambe) brings a major organ-trade racket to her notice.
Filmmaker Sunhil Sippy has achieved the rare feat of not catalogue people in the press 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 affairs are at times dizzy but her quarter-life crisis seems credible. The movie is hardly over-written (a whole lot of dialogue) but lines are mostly funny.

Since the film gets this genesis right, it has to get its flaws right too. Noor opens a conflict which is serious and suited, but offers very little by way of resolution. It involuntarily gives a nod to armchair-activism, and as representative of our time as it is, it easily cannot cover-up the lazy writing towards the end. A kind of stronger effort on the protagonist’s part could have propelled the movie into greatness.

But where Noor falls short, Sonakshi Sinha rises to the incident. Gill brings a lightheartedness to the film and Smita Tambe delivers equally well in half the screen-time.

This is the enormous debut that has come seven years into Sonakshi’s career. And for that, you must go meet Noor at theatre.

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