Director: Sunhil Sippy
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Purab Kohli, Shibani Dandekar
Noor starts well with a fun-frustrated kind of life of a journalist from Mumbai but its core narrative doesn’t pick the grip, eventually failing to lift the film.
Sonakshi Sinha as Noor is a journalist who is working for a local broadcasting news channel but she is not happy with her job as she aspires to do issue based journalism and not cover the silly interviews of celebrities. Amidst these daily hassles of career and TRPs, she finally finds a story which can change her life and reinvent her career prospects. But, will it?
I liked the initial story of how Noor is bored with her mundane life and the turnaround that comes when she gets a story that can expose big secrets of many powerful people. The biggest issue with the film is how the further endeavors of her investigation are handled. They were less meticulous and more on the dull side. The way the writers had built up the interest gets diluted afterwards as the storytelling goes vague with Noor spending time with Saad (Kanan Gill) while the victims are fighting for their lives.
Sunhil Sippy shows that he has a good knowledge of direction but he just couldn’t bring all the aspects together to make this movie a strong, hard-hitting narrative. First of all, why so abundant narration from Noor? It takes away the sheer interest of actually watching the movie and experiencing it. Some parts are fine for the narration. Sunhil does a nice job in revealing the horrific incident when we won’t expect. As a director, Noor needed to show the conclusive action from her side in terms of investigative journalism. Social media posts and revolution was logical but didn’t feel believable.
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One thing that Sunhil Sippy does very well is that he cleverly shows the desperation of journalists to cover the news for better TRPs and sometimes, they forget to actually help the victims first. The gruesome realities have been portrayed brilliantly in the film. This is not a film that you should abandon completely; it is good in parts but also has major deficiencies.
Sonakshi Sinha’s performance in Noor is really interesting. She looked entertaining in the first half with her frustration with her weight, job and everything. She has a good comic timing. The moment this movie gets on serious note, Sonakshi too, gears up very well. Her natural instinct for news hunger and ignoring the welfare of the source, giving up and then, standing up again, gives a backbone to the failing storyline. That scene of Sonakshi talking about Mumbai in the video is clap-worthy.
Kanan Gill makes a decent case for a sweet friend of Noor. He gave the stability to their friendship. Manish Choudhary delivers these kind of roles with sheer talent. The supporting cast Purab Kohli and Shibani Dandekar is fair.
Noor begins its story nicely but then fails to maintain it till the end. Sunhil Sippy’s direction has weak points due to which the movie falters in making a mark. Sonakshi Sinha is amazing as a journalist and her performance is appreciable. It’s sad that the movie couldn’t do the justice to her act.