At one time, Sonakshi Sinha was known to be the lucky mascot of all the blockbuster Masala movies. She slowly changed her base and started to focus on meaningful movies, where she could show her potential as an actress.
‘lootera’ and ‘akira’ are perfect examples of this type of film. These movies weren’t blockbusters, but they managed to recoup their base cost and had a decent impact on their target audience.
sonakshi’s latest film, ‘noor’, also belongs to the same genre. however, the expectations are not that great as the songs are average and so is the trailer. it’s just that the goodwill of his latest films has aroused some curiosity among urban audiences.
‘noor’ is the story of a young journalist, noor roy chaudhary (sonakshi sinha), who struggles in her personal and professional life. she hates her life as her boss shekhar das (manish chaudhary) doesn’t give her any real news to cover, her best friends saad (kanan gill) and zara (shibani dandekar) enjoy her private and professional life, her personal life is in trouble due to his weight problems, etc. Ayan Banerjee (Purab Kohli) rises like a ray of sunshine into Noor’s life. noor begins to enjoy her personal life followed by her professional life. but, life takes a drastic change and turns noor’s world upside down.
the ‘ostentatious’ factor
The story is based on the novel “Karachi, You’re Killing Me” by Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz. It is sweet, simple and lightly narrated. the narrative part in the first half is warm, happy and captivating. there are many good scenes with sonakshi, kanan, purab and manish. The final clue makes you think a lot as it tries to highlight many important key factors related to the city of mumbai.
The camera and the location of the shots work as an additional script for the film. it also gives the film a refreshing feel. the dialogues are nice and work in favor of the movie. ‘gulabi 2.0’ only works because of the nostalgic flavor. the background music is perfect.
director sunhil sippy had debuted with a lesser-known film, ‘snipp,’ in 2010. he returns with another urban story, but this time it has a coming-of-age clue involving a working woman. the whole plot and theme are different and they will be able to connect with the young women workers.
sonakshi sinha easily gets into the skin of his character. Purabkohli and Manish Chaudhary are good at their roles. kanan gill is decent.
the ‘not ostentatious’ factor
The middle part of the film proceeds at a snail’s pace with an unconvincing visit to London, which was neither necessary nor relevant to the flow of the film. I wish the script had been tighter and more impactful in the second half, the end results would have been outstanding. the slow pace in the second half continues to test your patience level.
The music is decent, but not that great. those movies need fantastic songs that go perfectly with the mood of the movie. ‘move your lakk’ in the end credits with diljit dosanjh and badshah was totally undesirable. the movie wobbles and keeps dragging and a bit dull for a while.
kanan gill still has a lot to learn. shibani dandekar, suchitra pillai and m.k raina go to waste. sunny leone’s cameo was not up to par.
‘noor’ is the straightforward story of an urban girl dealing with her life and her problems. the movie will be loved by urban girls as the connectivity will be very high. since, to rest, the slow pace could be a problem for this single viewing movie.