Sonakshi Sinha’s Noor has received mixed reviews. Not good enough for a film that has opened poorly at the box office. Ideally, such content-driven films need to receive 3.5 – 4 stars like a Pink or a Piku.
Noor Review by Indicine
Noor is a film that starts off really well, and sets up a world which immediately sucks you in. But alas, it spits you out of its world soon after with some very weird story telling decisions. They should have remodelled the original book (Karachi, you’re killing me) to the Indian scenario and should have kept the tone a lot lighter towards the end. Inspite of all its flaws, it should still be given a chance because the social issue it highlights is an important one. However shoddy the execution might be, it should be seen. It is unfortunate that the film doesn’t hold its pace throughout the movie, however. And a good Sonakshi Sinha performance is wasted.
Noor Review by Bollywood Hungama
As for the performances, it’s the feisty Sonakshi Sinha who leads the film totally. She is extremely earnest in the portrayal of her character. She plays her part with extremely conviction, so much so that, you cannot imagine anyone else playing her role. The role seems to be tailor made for her. On the other hand, the social media-star-turned actor Kanan Gill makes an impressive debut in Bollywood with NOOR. He has got an endearing screen presence. Despite having just an extended cameo, Purab Kohli delivers a decent performance. Smita Tambe and Maharaj Krishen Raina do their parts extremely well. Sunny Leone in a cameo is decent. Rest of the actors play their respective roles well.
Noor Review by Nihit Bhave on The Times Of India
Director Sunhil Sippy has achieved the rare feat of not stereotyping people in the media by showing them as jhola-toting opinionated creatures. There’s an instant connect with Noor’s world; her friends are as silly as yours, her issues are at times frivolous but her quarter-life crisis seems credible. The film is slightly over-written (a whole lot of dialogue) but lines are mostly funny.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Coming to performances, Noor is definitely one of Sonakshi Sinha’s stronger performances (Lootera still stands as the best performance for me when it comes to Sonakshi). She may be tad unbelievable as the bumbling journalist. However, it is in the scenes where she has to portray betrayal and heartbreak where she shines the best. What works best for her is the writers have made sure that her characters has layers – she may talk about research and changing the world, but she is flawed herself. We have to also laud her for bravely poking fun at her weight issues, though she looked quite glam for me. Standup comedian Kanan Gill makes an impressive debut as Noor’s best friend harbouring a secret infatuation for her. Purab Kohli is also quite decent, while Manish Chaudhari shows once again why he is such an underrated performer. However, the standout performance for me was by Smita Tambe, as the maid who gets trampled in her madam’s lofty ambitions.
Review by Raja Sen on NDTVMovies
The film is momentarily lifted by Smita Tambe, who plays Noor’s maid Malti, and the authenticity she brings to her few scenes stands in stark contrast to the film’s otherwise breezy tone. Purab Kohli is relatively effortless in a measured role, believable (and believably attractive) as Noor’s object of desire, while I found Shibani Dandekar quite interesting as Zaara, a confident and self-assured DJ who – unlike most people in this film – appears to know what she’s doing. I’d watch a Zaara film (and, with a title like that, product-placement should make sure it’s easily funded).
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
The actors all do their job, though. Especially Sonakshi who brings a vulnerability 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: questing, probing, and waking up, to the possibilities of love.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Sonakshi Sinha, who plays the plucky lead, owns the title role with charming conviction. She’s endearing, real and relatable. You are instantly drawn into her tumultuous world where she wants to be taken seriously as a journalist. Her personal life (“good guys are an urban legend”) and her career aren’t going great guns (interviewing Sunny Leone isn’t Pulitzer material), but fortunes change when she stumbles upon a crackling story and a dishy war photographer (hello, Purab Kohli) walks into her life. Director Sunhil Sippy does an outstanding job of moving things along briskly in the first half.
Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
Sonakshi Sinha plays, perhaps, the most uncharismatic character of her life in Noor. After Akira, Noor is another failed attempt to reinvent herself as a solo-heroine who can put butts in seats. The film also has Purab Kohli who at one point looks at himself in the mirror sadly and probably wonders, I could have rocked on with Farhan Akhtar but now, I am here. Kanan Gill moonwalks through his role, takes the paycheck and leaves through the back door. Manish Choudhary plays Noor’s editor, a man who was once a war reporter but now has chosen the nice, desk-life after marriage and he doesn’t disappoint.
Review by Indiaglitz
Director Sunhil Sippy had debuted with a lesser known film ‘Snipp’ in 2010. He returns back with yet another urban tale, but this time it has the coming-of-age track related to a working woman. The whole plot and theme is different and will be connectable with the young working women.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
Director Sunhil Sippy does well to explore Mumbai beyond the clichéd samundar city, of Marine Drive and Worli sea-face. What’s infinitely harder to crack are characters beyond the lead in this film, which is centred so heavily on introducing to us Noor, the desi Bridget Jones—sloppy, fun, and funny—that it develops beats and rhythms of a television show, with the audience hoping and wondering if we’ll know details of everything else around her—the fleeting plot, or the caricatured people—in altogether another episode.
Review by Shomini Sen on News18
The film does boast of an interesting cast. While Sonakshi Sinha delivers an endearing performance as the sulking, self loathing Noor, Kanan Gill and Shibani Dhandekar also perform well. The scenes between Sinha and Gill are actually quite sweet and bring an instant smile to your face. Purab Kohli in an extended cameo as a successful photo-journalist is sort of wasted in the film. The film’s music by Amaal Malik is nice and breezy. Scenes which capture Mumbai rains are well shot by cinematographer Keiko Nakahara.
Review by Sweta Kaushal on Hindustan Times
Sonakshi looks quite convincing with the grimaces, pouts, eye rolls, scowls and goofy grins – displaying an amusing dorkiness. Even when her character turns serious, Sonakshi displays her prowess and aces the grim looks.
Review by Sukanya Verma on Rediff
The actress has a good voice, one that you get to hear abundantly through the course of Sunhil Sippy’s adaptation of Saba Imtiaz’s Karachi, You’re Killing Me! But when her soliloquy shifts from romantic crisis to a soppy, sanctimonious diatribe against Mumbai, Noor is completely out of its depth.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Sonakshi, who has never played such a character before, seems to be having a great time playing Noor and there is something chubbily cute about her character, which is quite endearing. Her issues about her love life and her weight issues as well as her banter with her pals and her thought process revealed through her voiceover, is real, amusing and relatable. It is quite evident that Sonakshi has put her heart and soul in this film and her new avatar is quite refreshing. Kanan Gill, who plays her best pal Saad, provides able support with his dry wit and Purab, with his salt-and-pepper hair and the air of a slightly jaded veteran, is charming enough while Manish Choudhary, who plays Noor’s gruff editor, is quite stereotypical.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Director Sunhil Sippy touches upon a regular subject of a girl emerging out a winner but with a quirk. The reviewer liked the fact that the director has executed the plot nicely, although adapted from a novel. The way he made the female protagonist a narrator of the story in the first half is enjoyable but he takes a little longer to establish the characters. However, they are noticeable.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Noor, played by Sonakshi Sinha with all the earnestness she can muster, but the script is so badly researched, so superficial, it gives journalists a bad name. Certainly no journalist, even when a trainee would behave the way Noor does at a job.
Review by Gaurang Chauhan on DNA India
The plot is interesting and the first half of the film is breezy and works well. You connect with Noor. The scenes involving Kanan Gill and Purab Kohli are some of the best ones. Sonakshi Sinha is excellent as a goofy, bumbling journalist. She owns the film from the first scene and her earnest performance keeps you hooked. Kanan as Sonakshi’s best friend makes an impressive debut. Purab makes a mark and Manish Chaudhary is as usual top notch. Smita Tambe (Malti – the house help) is first rate.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Director Sunhil Sippy would’ve done better if he would’ve decidedly made a rom-com. Adapted from Saba Imtiaz’s Karachi You’re Killing Me, this one’s a bit too ambitious for a film with zero vision. The issue is that Noor stands for everything and sits down for nothing in particular.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
NOOR belongs to Sonakshi Sinha right from the word go, after cutting a terrific figure in AKIRA by kicking the right butts and ‘khamoshing’ (silencing) her critics, the lass comes exactly to terms with what is exactly required in the endearing clumsiness and underrated wisdom in the fully realized character that is done with full confidence and brilliance by the actor. CHASME BADDOR (the Persian word meaning away from evils and bad influence), we wish from now on after AKIRA and NOOR Sonakshi stays away from the evils of appearing as a glamour doll as she has much more to offer.
Review by IANS on Sify
Director Sunhil Sippy has dexterously woven the life and aspirations of a journalist as well as the issues plaguing big metros. The dialogues by Ishita Moitra Udhwani, laced with wry humour and at times hard-hitting with messages, are definitely a highlight. The characters are well-etched and abound in conviction.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
Suddenly, the movie drops from being a fair watch to just about tolerable. If it doesn’t go further down, it is solely because of the performances. Very little feels like it is an act. Sonakshi Sinha feels like a Noor, a smart journalist who wants to make a difference in the world but also has everyday human issues that a urban girl would have. The rest of the cast supports her along well too.
Review by Lokesh Dharmani on Masala
This is by far Sonakshi’s most candid performance. She is quite a natural and full points to embracing her weight issues and making it look so cool. There is a scene when she is dating an incompatible person in a borrowed pair of jeans and she says, “Main Gaurav ki life aur Zara ki jeans mein kabhi fit nahi ho sakti thi.” Cracked me up!
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