Rating: 2.5/5 Passable

Noor Review

by Rajat Srivastav

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Watching Noor is akin to a train journey experience. You see there are 5-6 people and one of them is someone who would be the last on your list to interact with. As time passes into the journey that person suddenly starts sounding interesting and at the fag end of the journey that person becomes your friend almost - That's how I would relate the experience of watching Noor. What begins as annoying to slow to boring , you feel that as you keep getting more nuggets on Noor's life you start sensitizing, empathizing and enjoying
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After watching Noor aka Mumbai You're killing Me , first the two key takeaways -

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1) Old Monk renamed Old Rum by Censor and Has to be consumed with Diet Coke while you are in a relationship and with Coke if single !
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2) 'It's just a story' - gives you ample reason to scorn at Media callousness
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The story, narrated in first person, is about restless days and nights in the life of a Mumbai  based pseudo journalist. She is desperately trying to seek a good match as well as make progress professionally. Fair enough! Also two besties PFFs (platonic friends forever) turned into a couple too making for a happy ever after syndrome. 
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Well is that enough to keep you engaged ? 
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The movie has more yawn factors than wow factors 
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It keeps getting off hook when you feel that there is more that what meets the eye. It starts changing gears and genre- well it atleast flatters you. The songs are forced. The entire Sunny Leone angle does more damage to both Sunny and the movie while trying to emphasize that media is the mirror of society.
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Back to the beginning verse where I said it's akin to a good old train journey blah blah - if you are game for that journey which would be slow but reaches destination safe and sound the movie would be similar too.
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Sonakshi does a slice of life and of course not her own big life at all. But the girl she try's to portray doesn't come across as a natural. When she says she's fat she doesn't actually come across one. When she says she's not hot at all, well ask any guy watching her on screen and let him say that !! So while the viewer finds nothing wrong in her life , she still manages to keep her act afloat with her mannerisms and expressions. It's a complete change from what you had seen last of her in Akira and you see a different Sonakshi. Had the plotting was better you would have loved the movie as much as her act too ! Rest of the cast is adequate too especially her bestie who's refreshing and his one liners superb at times. Purab Kohli looks damn good and pulls one of his best of recent times.
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Not a great time of release and going to be crushed next week onwards by a bigggggggiie so wish it better make hay while the sun shines !!!

I would’ve liked to give 2½ stars on a Tolerance scale and 2 on commercial - but there is no such option I reckon. So let's settle with 2.5 for Sonakshi Sinha's My Dear Zindagi !! 
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Noor review from other sources

BollywoodHungama 3/5

The film’s cinematography (Keiko Nakahara) is decent. He has done a commendable job of capturing the bylanes of Mumbai. The film’s editing (Aarif Sheikh) could have been crisper. The film could have been trimmed by around 20 minutes. On the whole, NOOR is a decent one time watch for the subject it addresses.

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TimesOfIndia.com 3.5/5

Noor introduces a conflict which is serious and relevant, but offers very little by way of resolution. It unintentionally gives a nod to armchair-activism, and as representative of our time as it is, it simply cannot cover-up the lazy writing towards the end. A slightly stronger effort on the protagonist’s part could have propelled the movie into greatness. This is the great debut that has come seven years into Sonakshi’s career. And for that, you must go meet Noor at theatre.

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NowRunning.com 1.5/5

Despite an earnest performance by Sonakshi Sinha Noor fails to make an impact. The movie is so poorly researched it gives journalist a bad name.

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Rediff.com 2.5/5

So long it’s true to its confection roots, Noor works, thanks to the attractive bonhomie Gill and Kohli’s real guy appeal generates around Sonakshi’s star. But when it engages in shallow activism for the heck of it, it rambles and drags.

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Sify.com 3.5/5

Overall, the minor lapses in the portrayal of journalism as a profession, notwithstanding, 'Noor' is an enjoyable, breezy film which pivots around strong issues but is light-hearted too.

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filmibeat.com 2.5/5

Sonakshi Sinha's latest offering isn't a picture-perfect world when it comes to viewing as it has its own set of flaws. But it does make up for a fluffy watch with your pals who stick by your side no matter what life tosses at you. In a nutshell, Noor's self-discovery journey triumphs over her journalist self and she at least deserves a chance!

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Noor

  • Sunhil Sippy
  • Vikram Malhotra
    Krishan Kumar
    Bhushan Kumar
  • Amal Malik
  • Keiko Nakahara
  • Aarif Sheikh
  • Althea Delmas-Kaushal Shikhaa Sharma
    Sunhil Sippy
  • Ishita Moitra Udhwani
  • Abundantia Entertainment
    T-Series Super Cassettes Industries Ltd
  • Apr 21, 2017
  • Hindi