Indian comedy-drama “Noor” a beautiful and thoughtful direction by Sunhil Sippy and highlighting Sonakshi Sinha in the lead titular role. The film is based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me and follows a Indian journalist-writer Noor’s adventures and love life as she find her way through Mumbai. The film was a worldwide release.
Noor the film is as mixed up as its female protagonist of the same name: it gets some things right and the others horribly wrong. Noor not being hesitate about making moves on an attractive available male, even as she voices anxieties about the state of her love life.
Bollywood been facing sudden boom of female characters, who are pleasingly fleshed out, and who are allowed to have thoughts in their head. But because it’s so difficult to get such films out there, it still feels like a victory to have a Noor as a full-fledged, owning-the-screen character, muddling along in the best chick-flick based on chick-lit tradition. Like for all young girls of this era is looking for The One.
Noor’s big problem is not when she is facing up to the good-looking men in her life, which includes her dad, played with wry humors by M K Raina. It is when she is being a professional: as a journalist, which she purports to be, Noor is a disaster. Watching her play this part is the most starkly disorienting thing about Noor. The movie gives her a chance to be an actual flesh-and-bone person. She’s relatable as a girl who swears by her rum (and suffers hangovers), eats cake in bed (and dreads getting on a weighing scale) and becomes the third wheel on a friend’s date (while cursing her own single life). We’ve all been there.
All actors were amazing but focusing on Sonakshi who brings a charm to her looking-for-herself persona. There’s a delicious passage between her and the one-who-might-be-the-one, where the back-and-forth dialogue is pitch-perfect and beautifully timed, both the girl and guy clearly revelling in the zone!