Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and greatest fault. It must speak, and must speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
– Henry Anatole Grunwald
For all those unaware, this week’s release, Noor, is an adaptation of Saba Imtiaz’s Karachi: You’re Killing Me. The protagonist here sulkily speaks- Mumbai, you’re killing me.
As you might have figured out, the film is placed in the ever-expanding city of Mumbai, where dreams are fulfilled and even ruthlessly shattered. Amidst the crowd, we have our oddball central character, Noor, played by Sonakshi Sinha. From the moment we’re introduced to her, we know she’s certainly not a happy creature. She yearns to be in a relationship, she hates working where she’s working, she constantly applies for a job at CNN News channel and of course, has some terrible weight issues ( This could be a self-deprecating reference as well, reminiscent of R…Rajkumar, where Shahid Kapoor mocks the actor about the same).
For someone who wants to cover worthy of being called News, her boss orders her to go to Mehboob Studios and interview Sunny Leone. The shines in her life are her closest friends, Saad (Kanan Gill) and Zara (Shibani Dandekar).
For someone looking for a major physical and emotional transformation in her demeanor, Noor discovers a disquieting truth about her domestic help and the film abruptly changes tone from sprightly to solemn.
Post intermission, it’s all about unraveling the truth and fighting for one’s justice. As the film threatens to disintegrate into the heaps of boredom, it’s the performances that somehow save the day.
Sonakshi Sinha springs a pleasant surprise in the role of a journalist. It’s refreshing to witness her in a full flesh and blood role for the first time since the 2013 Lootera. Tired of watching her repetitively in those bizarre and banal blockbuster potboilers, she comes across as a rejuvenating breath of fresh air.
Kanan Gill, in his debut, has an endearing screen persona and creates an energetic and boisterous chemistry with the leading lady.
Manish Chaudhry, portraying the role of Sinha’s boss, has his moments too, and here’s an actor who deserves a lot more than what he has. He was one of the best things about Rocket Singh- Salesman of the Year, and you may be reminded of that shining performance here as well.
Noor can be called as a concoction of high spirits and sobriety, what starts as a film about life issues transforms into a fight for justice. You do applaud the idea and the fact that even today, some journalists do believe in the notion, you also feel- How I wish it remained a breezy entertainer about a girl and her personal problems and pleasures!
But then, to each his own.