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Coming-of-age, social message, comment on media, con-men – Noor covers a lot of ground. Which might have been fine, if only it didn't start its sermon.Read more
Sonakshi Sinha seems to be playing an all-in-one role here – the slapsticky comic relief, the “charging to make a difference” protagonist and the heroine. The film itself wants to do both – make a strong statement and appeal to the audience's funny bone – especially that of the younger generation.
While the Sonakshi-trying-hard-to-be-cute bits didn't amuse me at all, I am intrigued by what the writers have up their sleeves in terms of the challenges she faces after the conflict is exposed. I am hoping against hopes that it isn't just lip-service in the name of having a woman as the protagonist. At the very least, I hope all the slapstick is done with in the trailer and all the real meat of the story is left for the film.
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
Bollywood Life – "1.5/5"
Firstpost – "Noor scores high on its soft songs that lend more depth to its narrative"
kiagia - "3/5"
koimoi – "2.5/5"
Milliblog - "another almost-solo Amaal Mallik soundtrack where his music shines!"
- meeta, a part of the audience
It is refreshing to hear a counterpoint about a well-know porn actress. Well, it is refreshing when they are not made fun of, let alone be spoken of with respect. It is refreshing when the protagonist has a mentor whose influence stays through the film without necessarily putting him on a pedestal. However, these small victories are countered by overdrawn scenes, overwritten dialogue, drama and the was is lost with the sermon.
Noor describes herself with a voiceover for nearly 20 minutes, if not more.
It is not that Noor starts out with a bang. Noor describes herself with a voiceover for nearly 20 minutes, if not more. She underlines the fact that she is young by using words like hashtag and followers. Sure, she is charmingly self-deprecating but it goes on for too long.
Fortunately, the writing is slightly deeper than the usual. Her character seems to be facing her own first world problems – she even referecnes Dear Zindagi - and she is suddenly shown the mirror and along with it the face of what would be “real” problems of the world. This happens seamlessly and is interwoven into her character from the beginning.
If only now the writers didn't lose steam and focus in the second half. Post-interval Noor – both the film and the character – sermonizes a bit much. The scenes which are supposed to be twists or impactful hold the drama a bit too long – you are given time to predict all eventualities. Thus, whatever comes next isn't the intended shock.
Suddenly, the movie drops from being a fair watch to just about tolerable. If it doesn't go further down, it is solely because of the performances. Very little feels like it is an act. Sonakshi Sinha feels like a Noor, a smart journalist who wants to make a difference in the world but also has everyday human issues that a urban girl would have. The rest of the cast supports her along well too.
It is difficult to say if I'd have enjoyed Noor better if it were more focused on one or two aspects of life that it picked to comment on. The lectures in the second half were so full of themselves that it is a task to be objective about the film and imagining Noor without them.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar , MiD DAY : ...While I haven't read Saba Imtiaz's ‘Karachi You're Killing Me', the book this film is based on, you can tell the original text would be an enjoyable read. It's been adapted to screen and Mumbai by Ishita Moitra (Hello Ishita. Disclaimer: Friend!)... full review
Thumbs up, by Nihit Bhave, Times of India : ...Director Sunhil Sippy has achieved the rare feat of not stereotyping people in the media by showing them as jhola-toting opinionated creatures... full review
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Zee News : ...While Kannan Gill definitely needs elocution classes, Dandekar is delightfully saucy specially in the scene where she walks in to a bar to slap a man who has betrayed her best friend. ... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran , Bollywood Life : ...The cinematography, while not capturing the essence of Mumbai as well as a Wake Up Sid or a Bluffmaster, is gorgeous, while the music by Amaal Malik is decent.... full review
So-So, by Samedha Arora , Desi Martini : ... Dear Noor I’m a journalism student as well and I don’t think my teachers would approve you of finding a story at 3pm, recording it at 4pm and then expecting your boss to break it 6pm... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, FirstPost : ...the makers of such films see women as a “trend”, not people (like men) with lives that are big-screen-worthy for all seasons...Noor, which too features Sinha in the lead, is thankfully about a story and a woman with a story worth telling... full review
So-So, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan , Gulf News : ...After the interval, the film unravels and the grasp that Sippy had earlier displayed on his subjects and his plot comes slightly unhinged... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Noor is a film that starts off really well, and sets up a world which immediately sucks you in. But alas, it spits you out of its world soon after with some very weird story telling decisions. ... full review
So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...In the midst of munching on Haldiram product placements and a demure depiction of an affair where a couple sleeps together but never locks lips, Noor’s professional ambition finally catches up with her. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...While these anecdotes could have made for a hilarious, light-hearted movie, the misunderstanding of the profession in the film is appalling.... full review
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A young woman trying to find her space in the world of journalism