February 25, 2018, 12:16 pm

NOOR | Sonakshi Sinha | Kanan Gill | Shibani Dandekar.

by Valeed Shahid.

Sonakshi Sinha is one of those actors, that get stereotyped because of the kind of roles they are offered. Initially, she might’ve just gone with the flow, mainly because of her character in Dabangg, her debut film opposite Salman Khan.

After Dabangg, she naturally kept on signing movies that featured her in similar eastern roles alongside big stars. In between though, she was seen alongside Ranveer Singh in Lootera, a movie that allowed us a thorough peek into her capability as an actor.

But soon after, she went back to doing full on commercial films, which was only fair, given the demand. But still, I was unhappy all along to see a brilliant actor getting wasted due to minimal margin of performance.

This year, as Sonakshi Sinha’s character in the movie says, “Is saal main seedhi saveetri se terhi saveetri banoongi”, she picked up a movie like Noor and it did wonders for her, and no I am not referring to box office numbers. She was brilliant in the film, and proved she is here to stay for a long, long time.

Based on Karachi You’re Killing Me, a novel by Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz, Noor is one of the finest films I have seen in the recent past, especially when we speak of movies that are rich in content.

In the movie, Sonakshi Sinha plays the character of Noor Roy Chaudhary, a journalist who works for a local news agency. She aspires to work for CNN one day and we see her filling application forms for the same at many instances. Dealing with almost all sorts of issues from weight to money, Noor is waiting for things to fall in place, but they just never do. Like her love life, her career is also totally opposite to what she wants.

She lives alone with her father, and a maid who hardly shows up. While Noor wants to do meaningful stories, her employer wants her to interview Sunny Leone.

Each scene in the movie had a really strong connection/relevance to the previous scene, full points to Aarif Sheikh, the editor. One day, everything changes for Noor, when she decides to do a news story on her maid’s brother, who had his health mishandled by a renowned and influential doctor.

Things take a scary turn when Noor’s love interest steals her story and publishes it before she finds out. After a bad incident, she realises how she didn’t care about others, just to publish a big story for her career, or so it seems to the world.

One sequence, where Noor sits in her room and addresses Mumbai as a person, and talks her heart out about the experiences she has had in the city, and summarises it in one line, “Mumbai you’re killing me”, is phenomenal. It was basically the soul of the movie, leaving the viewers teary-eyed.

Noor is most definitely Sonakshi’s finest performance till date, mainly because the viewer might not have felt the kind of connection with her before. The supporting cast was also A-rate, including Shibani Dandekar as Zara Patel and stand up comedian Kanan Gill as Saad, Noor’s best friends.

Amaal Malik surprises with yet another hummable album, giving us at least 2 songs to keep on loop for the weekend. The songs were just the right quantity, and did not overshadow the story at all. The title track, along with Gulabi 2.0 and Move Your Lak are the only two songs on my playlist these days.

On the whole, Noor was an amazing attempt by director Sunhil Sippy to promote this kind of cinema, which evokes both anger and thought in the audience.




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