When I started this blog, I never thought I would ever write a movie review here. I do sometimes write lifestyle posts but never a movie review. However, after contemplating for a while, I felt like I needed to get it out. My Noor movie review will be as big of a misfit on this beauty blog as is the movie itself. Before I share my review, here is a little bit about why I even watched it.
I am not a movie buff. I do not watch television and I only spend my time to watch a movie when I feel like it will be worth my time and money. I stumbled upon Noor for some strange reason since I was not even planning to watch a movie. I read a bit of a background about it and felt like a movie based on a well-loved novel (Karachi, You’re Killing Me) might be worth watching. And, since it is a woman-centric movie, I felt like I must give it a go.
When the movie started and Noor Roy Chaudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) let the audience hear the thoughts in her head. We found out that the 28-year old has had it tough, not having a mother since she was 4 and living with a father who loves his cat more than his daughter. And that she is a journalist or rather a “joker journalist” since she is sent to cover stories that are beneath her standards considering the fact that she is a university (or something) topper.
Did I mention she cribs about her weight and Twitter followers just like a normal girl? She does. And feels sorry for herself and eats a lot of cake alone on her birthday sitting in her PJs at home. I liked Noor until she went to the office.
Her interactions with her boss made me cringe. I am not from mainstream media but if you treat your boss that way in any sector, you are sure to get fired, never called back and NEVER ever given a recommendation for future employments. Then, she interviewed Sunny Leone. No idea why Sunny Leone needed to be in the movie (probably because of the preachy lecture Noor’s boss delivers to Noor to try to get her on the right track). Anyhow.
Shibani Dandekar (playing Zara Patel in the movie) looks as good as she always does and I love to hear her speak in her beautiful accent. Her character was not given much footage at all. I feel like having a bit more of Zara and a little less of Noor might have been better.
And, I think the director wanted to cash on Kanan Gill’s YouTube fame since he made him play the role of Saad Sehgal, a good friend of Noor and Zara. His character might have been more memorable if his dialogues were given some weight. I have no idea what he was doing in the movie except for babysitting Noor by dropping in every now and then in Mumbai (with Old Rum) from London and apparently dating hot girls.
When the plot of the movie, if we can even call it that, revealed how desperate Noor was for a break in her career to move into serious journalism and also for a boyfriend, I started anticipating a few things that actually turned out to be true in the end. I sort of also started dreading the obvious “Noor-Saad” relationship. Bollywood has never let a friendship remain as a friendship. Transformation of friendship between a girl and boy has to turn into a relationship irrespective of how many flings they may have with others. Anyway.
Halfway into the film, when Noor has found a beautiful match for herself at an art gallery, Ayanka Banerjee (played by Purab Kohli), she finds her big story. She uncovers an organ scandal!!! However, as clumsy and stupid as Noor is, she unknowingly lets the story get leaked. A heartbreak follows and her big break also evaporates in thin air since the story is out there with no credit given to her. She gets fired.
At this point, she has to finally face herself for acting selfishly instead of thinking the whole thing through and executing it smoothly. Instead of finding a solution, she suddenly flies to London, thanks to her friend Saad (or the fact that the director’s budget allowed for an overseas trip), apparently to gain a perspective on the situation. She does and comes back cutting a conversation with Saad mid-way.
She decides to follow through on the organ scandal story. Frustrated when she reaches a dead-end without any leads, she films a video (a rather long monologue) to post on social media. Her video “You’re killing me, Mumbai” goes viral on social media (Twitter to be specific). Everything is resolved and she is called for a TV interview.
The redemption is as quick as it always is in the filmy world and Noor gains her job back too with her own office. (Kudos to treating your boss badly!) She also finds love in the last scene.
Actually, the last scene was my favourite in the movie. No, not just because the 160-minute ordeal with Noor was going to end. But also because of the vulnerable and yet cute interaction between Noor and “The One”.
I would have preferred to read the book. Sonakshi has tried her best to do her role, it is not her fault that the role itself has not been etched as well it should have been. I like Kannan, Purab and Shibani, and I think they have also done justice to their roles along with other actors. The plot is weak and the story is not tightly knitted together. The music also did not really catch my attention but then I am not a disc-going teenager anymore. “Jise Kehte Pyaar Hai” might be the only song that I liked. It could have been a great movie if executed well. The simplicity of the movie and the fact that a woman was at the centre of it all made me happy even though I was disappointed by the plot itself.
This is my first ever movie review (I think) so I hope you liked reading it. If you have watched the movie, let me know your thoughts about it!