Just came out watching Noor, and I was pleasantly surprised with most of what I saw in there. Sonakshi Sinha proves once again that she can a dependable performer if given the right script and the right role. She plays a journalist in the movie, the title character Noor, based in Mumbai. She is quite unhappy with the way her life and career is moving, which mostly is her own doing. Noor is based on the book Karachi, You’re Killing Me!, by Saba Imtiaz, though the makers have set the movie in Mumbai for obvious reasons. Directed by Sunhil Sippy, the movie also stars Purab Kohli, Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar, MK Raina, Smita Tambe and Manish Chaudhari.
Noor is quite a decent chick flick, a genre which isn’t much exposed in Bollywood, though we do have a gem like Queen in here. Noor is enjoyable to watch, especially the first half, thanks to some humorous dialogues and nice performances. However, things go for a worse turn in the second half when loophole-laden screenplay plays spoilsport.
In this special feature, we look at five unanswered questions that we have after having watched Noor. Needless to say, SPOILER ALERT!
Why is Noor ruining her own interview and why does her boss even employ her?
Yes, we know that Noor is going through an existential crisis right from the beginning itself, especially when it comes to her career. But for a person who respects her profession as a journalist, her behaviour during the Sunny Leone interview is very unacceptable. It is also a wonder that her boss still keeps her in service, despite her being so droll at her job. Seriously, doesn’t this company have any other reporters?
What exactly is Ayan?
The big twist in the first half comes when it is revealed that Noor’s boyfriend Ayan (Purab Kohli) steals her story and uses it for himself while airing it on a rival channel. Noor also learns that he has done this before. But we were introduced to Ayan as a war photographer, whose creativity lies in his camera clicks. It has never been mentioned that he also works as a journalist, exposing scoops. So what’s really going on with Ayan?
For a girl with less than Rs 1000 in her account, how does Noor manage her party life?
Even when she loses her job and has no option available in hand, she still doesn’t let go off her club-hopping and drinking, while also going hiking with her boyfriend. She herself admits her EMI are increasing, so this is quite an irresponsible behaviour on display.
How did Saad manage to bring Noor to London without a visa?
Travelling to countries like UK and US can be quite a pain in the ass, with the long visa procedures and all. Noor mentions at the start about how her best friend Saad (Kanan Gill) has a restaurant in London but never took her there. So the fact that she doesn’t have a UK visa is established from this scene. And yet Saad manages to take Noor to London, to protect her from blackmailers, without any visa process. Incredible!
Why does Noor take her anger on Mumbai in her poem, when organ-harvesting happens everywhere?
More than a loophole, this is more of a case of poor writing. Nearly every obstacle that Noor has faced in the movie is mostly her own doing. Her current bone of contention was exposing Dr Shinde’s organ-harvesting scandal, and all she has to do is make a research driven expose on the man. But apart from taking a couple of witness depositions, she basically just delivers an impassioned speech about how Mumbai is screwing everyone’s lives, including wanting a Tsunami to destroy the city! Though the points she raised in the poem make sense, the context in which that’s happening is on a very weak platform. If organ-harvesting was a concern, it happens in other cities too. So why so specifically angry with Mumbai, Noor?
So how did you find Noor? Let us know in the comments section below…