Noor Critic Reviews

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.

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Noor Review by Indicine

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★½☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Rating: ½☆☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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

Rating: ★½☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★½☆

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

Rating: ★★★½☆

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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!



  • First day collection will be around 25-28 cr…and then sonakhshi will be paid more than salman srk akhshay…
    Hdd hai…kuchh bhi bol dete hain..

  • Lifetime collection will be less than first day collection of Sallu’s lowest opener in recent time and she wants equal pay.

  • Noor Lifetime collections = Day 1 Morning shows collections of a Salman Khan film

    But Sonakshi still wants equal payment. Lol!

  • Ideally, such content-driven films need to receive 3.5 – 4 stars like a Pink or a Piku.

    Indicine itself given 2.5
    What a joke by indicine!!!

  • she can’t act she can’t dance she can’t do nothing my suggestions to her is get marry and be a mummy

  • Only alia bhatt will stay after 5 years..
    For sonakshi she is already next esha deol and twinkle khanna…

  • A History Of Diwali Box-Office Clashes
    By | November 05, 2016, 14:02 PM

    A box-office clash, especially two big films, is never good for anyone – be it those involved in the film, the trade, or the theater owners screening the films. Regardless of claims these days that, with the advent of multiplexes, numerous screens, and myriad shows, two big films can coexist; the reality is starkly opposite. The fact of the matter is that when two big films release, the better film, or in some cases, the better-marketed or the more-hyped film, will always trounce the competition. And in the case of both films being equally well marketed and well received, the outcome is even worse as both films eat into each other’s business, and in the end, no one benefits. Even if money is made in such a scenario, it would be nowhere near what a solo release could have entailed for either film.

    Over the year, this clash scenario has never been more prominent as it is during the time of Diwali, which is, historically, one of the three most-lucrative periods of the year to cash in on ticket sales (Eid and Christmas being the other two). With Shivaay and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil being the latest entrant into the Diwali clash club, we thought it to be a perfect time to make an analysis of some of the biggest box-office clashes during Diwali down the years:

    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge vs. Yaraana (1995)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 61.0 crore All-Time Blockbuster
    Yaraana 5.0 crore Disaster

    Like we had mentioned earlier, the trend of Diwali clashes is nothing new, and one of Indian cinema’s biggest blockbusters also had to withstand a clash at the time of release. By 1995, Shah Rukh Khan’s stocks were on the rise while Rishi Kapoor’s stardom was on the wane, which had led to a lopsided opening between both films, and ultimately ended in one becoming an all-time-blockbuster, and the other being a disaster.

    Mohabbatein vs. Mission Kashmir (2000)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Mohabbatein 33.25 crore Superhit
    Mission Kashmir 23.14 crore Above Average

    Five years later, and SRK was in the middle of a Diwali clash again. This time the battle wasn’t as straightforward, and Hrithik Roshan’s newfound stardom guaranteed that both films opened neck-to-neck. However, as is the case with most clashes between two well-received films, one film eventually triumphed while the other was left lamenting a missed opportunity. The SRK-Amitabh Bachchan starrer went on to be a superhit while the Hrithik-Preity-Sanjay starrer folded at a face-saving above-average collection.

    Veer Zaara vs. Aitraaz vs. Naach (2004)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Veer Zaara 40.0 crore Superhit
    Aitraaz 15.60 crore Above Average
    Naach 3.0 crore Disaster

    What is it with SRK and clashes during Diwali? This time he was up against not one but two films but the result was same as before. Veer Zaara was a superhit, Aitraaz – despite receiving decent reviews and boasting big names like Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, and Kareena Kapoor Khan – was an above-average grosser, while Ram Gopal Varma’s Naach was a washout.

    Garam Masala vs. Kyon Ki (2005)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Garam Masala 28.50 crore Hit
    Kyon Ki 13.75 crore Flop

    Akshay Kumar returned next year for another shot at winning a Diwali clash, and the unthinkable happened – he trumped a Salman Khan film. However, it needs to be noted that Salman back then wasn’t the phenomenon that he is now. Nevertheless, in Diwali of 2005, Akshay delivered a hit while Salman’s film flopped.

    Don vs. Jaane-E-Mann (2006)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Don 51.0 crore Hit
    Jaane-E-Mann 27.0 crore Flop

    By now, SRK was making it a habit of wining every box-office clash, Diwali or not. He was, undoubtedly, the biggest star back then, which is why Don managed to thrash a film featuring both Salman and Akshay – something unthinkable today. Then again, getting Salman and Akshay together in a film is just as unthinkable today.

    Om Shanti Om vs. Saawariya (2007)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Om Shanti Om 79.50 crore Blockbuster
    Saawariya 23.0 crore Flop

    This clash gained notoriety for how the SRK-Deepika Padukone starrer left Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor’s debut feature lying in its wake from day one itself. OSO was another King Khan blockbuster while Ranbir and Sonam’s launch got off to the worst possible start.

    Golmaal Returns vs Fashion (2008)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Golmaal Returns 52.0 crore Hit
    Fashion 26.0 crore Hit

    One of the few instances where both films emerged profitable in spite of clashing. However, as we had pointed out earlier, both would have earned more had a clash been avoided.

    All the Best vs. Blue vs. Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna (2009)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    All the Best 42.0 crore Hit
    Blue 38.60 crroe Flop
    Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna 8.0 crore Disaster

    Salman was still a year away from becoming the box-office giant that he is today, and for some reason, Ajay Devgn has always had the upper hand against Akki during a clash. The Rohit Shetty film was lapped up by the family audience; the Akshay Kumar starrer flopped despite a good opening; while the Salmna-Kareena starrer turned out to be one of the year’s biggest disasters.

    Golmaal 3 vs. Action Replayy (2010)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Golmaal 3 108.0 crore Blockbuster
    Action Replayy 29.0 crore Flop

    Ajay, once again, succeeded over Akshay, and this time, the margin of victory was much larger than even the boldest of trade analysts could have guessed. There was also the small matter of Devgn delivering three back-to-back successful films during Diwali in consecutive years.

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan vs. Son of Sardaar (2012)

    Film Collections in Nett (INR) Verdict
    Jab Tak Hai Jaan 121.0 crore Hit
    Son of Sardaar 103.0 crore Hit

    Both SRK and Devgn have enviable records during Diwali, and surprisingly, both managed to keep that record intact in spite of this being one of the most- high-profile of all clashes. This also marks the only time that two films simultaneously crossed the 100-crore mark during Diwali. Still, it’s undeniable that both would have earned much more had they released separately.

    Which brings us to the latest box-office clash during Diwali – Karan Johar’s ADHM vs. Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay – and, once again, the competition is following the same trajectory. While ADHM is all but into the safe zone, and should guarantee profits for its distributors by the end of its second week in theaters, Shivaaay has a fair distance to cover before it can even come close to recovering costs. For once, Ajay Devgn appears to be losing a Diwali clash. (Though Son of Sardaar collected less than JTHJ, it can’t be categorized as a loss for Devgn as the film was a clean hit.)

    In order to cash in on the fistful of Diwali holidays that bring out the family audience in droves after Lakshmi Pooja, filmmakers have time and again clamored to release their films against each other, leading to euphoria for some and heartbreak for others at the box-office. With a shortage of favorable release dates, and an even greater shortage of sufficient screens – particularly in B and C centers, where single screens are still quite the norm – these clashes are an unavoidable fate that the film industry will continue to be afflicted with, till more theaters aren’t built in the country.

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