Sonakshi Sinha had already shown us the potential that she can be more than just a damsel in distress with her moving performance in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Lootera, co-starring Ranveer Singh. She also proved she can kick ass as convincingly as the heroes she used to be paired once with, in Akira. Though we didn’t really appreciate how her character was portrayed in Force 2 (a bumbling RAW agent who needed the hero to guide), it was still better than what Sonakshi played in Action Jackson, Rowdy Rathore and R…Rajkumar. But with Noor, we have n all new refreshing change with Sonakshi playing a journalist for the first time. Directed by Sunhil Sippy, the film also stars Purab Kohli in lead roles. But will Sonakshi be able to strike a chord with the audience with this film? Will Noor bring out a turning point in Sonakshi’s career? Here, let me give you a quick gist of what the film is all about…Also read: Noor song Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai: Sonakshi Sinha and Purab Kohli’s love story will make your heart flutter – watch video

The story

Noor is based on a novel by Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz, called Karachi, You’re Killing Me!. Though the novel is based in Karachi, the makers have taken creative liberties with the script and have set the character and locations around in Mumbai, where Sonakshi plays a journalist. It’s her journey through the field of media, covering dangerous stories while also straightening out her own life and passion. And before you say it, it’s not a breezy Page 3.

The trailer

The first thing that catches your attention in the trailer is its slice-of-life feel. It will instantly remind you of Alia Bhatt’s Dear Zindagi, of course for the good. The trailer shows Sonakshi Sinha’s character, who is a journalist, not being happy with her life. She is single, has a group of friends, a job where she is forced to interview Sunny Leone when she clearly wants to cover some serious issues, a guy who she admires but doesn’t know if she loves him. So far so good, but the trailer suddenly takes a U-turn and becomes an investigative one, almost giving you the feel of No One Killed Jessica. Probably, the makers want to show us the journey on how Noor identifies her own self through different phases of life but we hope the message comes out clear…

Box office prediction

We spoke to trade expert Akshaye Rathi to get an idea of how well will Noor perform at the box office. Considering it’s also clashing with Raveena Tandon’s Maatr, will it get affected? Will Noor open to decent figures or no? And Akshaye gave us an understanding saying, “This week we have Noor and Maatr. They look interesting, but are not meant for widespread audiences. They both are relatively niche films, but they will perform well at the box office. Noor will release in about 1000 screens, while Maatr will release in 500 odd screens. In their own spaces, they will do reasonably well. The COP (cost of production) of each of the movies should be to the tune of Rs 10 crore. They are releasing in limited screens, so considering that Maatr releases in 500 odd screens and earns Rs 6-7 crore over the first weekend, it is relatively okay. Noor, on the other hand, should rake in around about Rs 9-10 crore over the first weekend, which is really good. They are very reasonably priced films, releasing in limited screens, so that’s how it is supposed to be.”

The Music

The Music of Noor has been composed by Amaal Malik and R.D. Burman, and lyrics are penned by Manoj Muntashir and Kumaar. The album features about  five songs which comprise of three original compositions and two versions of a yesteryear classic sung by Armaan Malik, Amaal Malik, Tulsi Kumar, Yash Narvekar, Sukriti Kakar and Prakriti Kakar.  However, while the film has a slice-of-life feel. The album doesn’t hold any recall or repeat value and will be forgotten once the movie releases. Probably, the rehash hasn’t worked in favour of this album. If asked to pick one favourite song from this album, we would go with Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai.

What to do?

Watch it for Sonakshi’s debut as a journalist on screen. Considering it also deals with one’s inner conflicts, a lot of young girls and boys will relate to it because sometimes even after doing what we all want to do, we aren’t sure if that’s what we want to do.