Director: Sunhil Sippy
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar
Based On: Karachi, You're Killing Me! by Saba Imtiaz
Stars: Sonakshi Sinha, Purab Kohli, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar
Release Date: 21 April 2017
Noor Rao Chaudhary is a dysfunctional youth of today and that is what makes her so relatable. Always in a hurry yet always late, a foodie yet wants to lose weight, loves being a journalist but wants to create a story that will give her a name, clumsy, goofy, yet totally adorable.
Roughly seven years back, we witnessed a gorgeous girl playing a village belle in Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg’. In a brief role, she managed to wow audience and critics alike, and won all the accolades that year. Moving on, Sonakshi was very much a part of the fraternity, and a female lead in many blockbusters, but somehow, the actress inside her had still not debuted, and she was reduced to mere trophy lead. However, ‘Noor’ is the platform where the lady has displayed her acting panache and how.
Let us introduce you to the character. Noor is a dysfunctional youth of today and that is what makes her so relatable. Always in a hurry yet always late, a foodie yet wants to lose weight, loves being a journalist but wants to create a story that will give her a name, clumsy, goofy, yet totally adorable. Sonakshi has absorbed the nuances of the protagonist of Saba Imatiaz’s heroine of ‘Karachi! You’re Killing Me’, and given it a perfect Mumbai twist, in her role.
We can fill pages saying how delighted we are to have Sonakshi the performer on the block, but for now, let us move on to other performances. Kanan as Noor’s chuddy buddy Saad is a delight, and their banter makes us fall in love with them and wants to watch them again together. Purab Kohli is impressive in his brief yet sturdy role and Manish Choudhary as Noor’s boss who reigns her and seasons her also leave an impact.
Music of the movie is fresh and peppy, though nothing that will leave an impact. The recreated version of ‘Gulabi’ especially falls flat. However, the relief is that the soundtrack does not hamper the flow of the story and flows fluently.
Now, if everything is hunky-dory about the movie, then where does it lag? The story and screenplay, in bits and pieces. Don’t get us wrong here. The movie has its heart in the right place, and everything, from the performances to the technical aspects shines through. Special mention should be given to Sonakshi for pulling off even the drab portions on her shoulders. Also, we must give an ovation to Sunil Sippy, the director, who has not stereotyped journalists and has given us a character which is so relatable. Of course, the original credit should go to Saba for writing the wonderful story, but Sippy has passed with distinction in bringing it on screen.
All in all, Sonakshi Sinha’s ‘Noor’ is not a revolution, but is a tale you would be able to relate to. Most of all, you would love her as Noor, and empathise with all her emotions. We give it a 3.5/5. Go spend your weekend understanding the world of Noor Roy Chaudhary, and you will love it.