It is always refreshing to see a celebrity play the life of a journalist onscreen. Sonakshi Sinha has done the same in Noor and so far, our critic, Sreeju Sudakaran has no qualms with it. Check out what he thinks of the film based on its first half –
“Sonakshi Sinha is the main lead in this week’s major release, Noor. It is an adaptation of the fiction best-seller ‘Karachi, you are killing me!’ by Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz. Noor Roy Chaudhary, played by Sonakshi, is a struggling journalist whose struggles are more related to that she can’t do anything meaningful about her profession. She feels she gets ignored at her workforce, at her home and in life. Also, yeah, she is troubled by her geyser problems, her weight issues and that it has been some time she got some action. But she has two besties who rule her life. Her boss sends off to do an interview with Sunny Leone on her birthday that she screws up with her lack of interest. This leads to her having a verbal match with her boss, that makes her to quit her job. And on the same day, she meets the new man in her life in Ayan, a dashing war photographer. When she doesn’t get a better job offer, she returns to her old office and is given a new assignment that changes the way she looks at her career and life.
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The first half of Noor is very enjoyable and breezy, thanks to the light-hearted proceedings and snappy dialogues. Though nothing major happens plot-wise till much later, the screenplay is quite engaging showing the travails of Noor as she struggles with life, love and career. As a journalist myself, I can relate to some of the events that’s happening on the screen. It’s also great that the writers made Noor into a real character – she may spout idealism and wants to change the world, but she is flawed in her own judgement. But you are still on with her in this journey, though her pitfalls are mostly created by herself. Sonakshi Sinha is perfectly cast as Noor, and she has a great support from the other players, including Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar, Purab Kohli and Manish Chaudhary. The movie reaches half point when Noor questions her own ettiquetes as a journalist, when a big scoop she had had been screwed by her own oversight.
Overall, a very enjoyable and a self-introspective first half.”
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