Noor: An entertaining desi Bridget Jones Dairy

Film: Noor

Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Purab Kohli, Smita Tambe and Kanan Gill, Shibani Dandekar

Director: Sunhil Sippy

A coming-of-age story, this fairly intriguing tale has been adapted from Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me! So, the central character has obviously been transposed as a young 30 something, Indian journalist who navigates through the many misadventures of her life in Mumbai. Karachi and Mumbai are as dissimilar as can be – in terms of culture and dynamics. Saba’s issues with her life in Karachi had a whole different dynamic and obviously, that cannot be replicated here. So Suhil Sippy keeps the protagonist’s issues light-weight and relatable.
Noor Roy Choudhary (Sonakshi Sinha) is clumsy, a romantic and hopes to meet the right guy but she’s been having a tough time finding him. She stares deep into her rum, nurses hangovers and plays the third cog in the wheel when out with her friend and her date. She also has issues with her weight –which she bemoans quite incessantly. She wants her life to be more meaningful and her job to be more fulfilling but her Boss doesn’t think she has much talent to stick it. Noor has done the rudimentary interview with Sunny Leone and she doesn’t think much of that puffy past. So Noor trundles on and bumps into what could be the right man Ayan Bannerjee (Purab Kohli), a war photographer, and an expose that could well take her places.

The pre-interval half is brisk, lively and entertaining-thanks to the involving jousts between Noor and her friend Saad Sehgal (Kannan Gill). The blossoming romance between Noor and Ayan is also positioned quite neatly into the narrative. The writing is flippant and the dialogues sound realistic enough. The characters are all well rounded and seem like real people you and I would meet. The post interval section though goes into overdrive. Except for Noor’s sudden transitioning overnight into a celebrated Influencer/Social media sensation, there aren’t many wrong turns being made here. The current generation has been represented realistically and that’s something that needs to be appreciated. The film suffers from an overdose of wordiness though.

There’s just too much of dialogue to contend with and that takes away from the entertaining onscreen spiel. And the end-play comes a little too easy for it to stick. Sunhil Sippy may not have stereotyped the journalistic fraternity here but he doesn’t appear to have deeper insights regarding the media’s functioning either. And that shows up in the hackneyed resolution. Towards the end the narrative flow appears forced and the result is just not satisfying. What elevates this film though are Sunhil Sippy’s assured helming and consummate performances from the cast. Sonakshi, Kanan Gill, Smita Tambe, Purab Kohli, Shibani Dandekar are all first rate here. So, it’s worth a go!

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