New Delhi: After leaving cinegoers spellbound with her powerhouse performance in 'Akira', Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha is back with yet another...
New Delhi: After leaving cinegoers spellbound with her powerhouse performance in 'Akira', Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha is back with yet another offbeat movie 'Noor', showcasing the story of journalist Noor Roy Chaudhary, who is looking to cover stories of substance.
A junior correspondent with a news agency headed by editor Shekhar Das (Manish Choudhary), Noor aspires to become a renowned journalist, some day.
She finds herself stuck with coverage of local stories that have no substance whatsoever, with her boss turning down her several suggestions on story ideas.
However, the scribe senses an opportunity to cover a big story when her house help, Malti (Smita Tambe) unknowingly divulges some shocking details to Noor about her brother's ill health.
Just when her journalistic career is about to flourish, heartbreak, betrayal and threat calls pull her down and she is forced to take a break from work.
The rest of the film is about whether Noor is able to finally find the perfect investigative story to prove herself.
The story of a confused journalist working in a news agency who wants to do stories of substance and who is trying to strike out a balance between her work and her personal life, 'Noor' is a film that comes across as totally believable and drawn directly from real life.
Based on Pakistani writer Saba Imtiaz's novel 'Karachi, You're Killing Me! ', Noor perfectly captures the life of a journalist, who is constantly caught between the demands of her professional and personal life.
The first half of the film deals with how Noor is trying to shuttle between her work and her personal life.
She has two best friends, Zara Patel (Shibani Dandekar), a DJ and Saad (Kannan Gill).
In search of her dream man, Noor is attracted to Ayananka Bannerjee (Purab Kohli), who is an ex-war reporter, whom she stumbles into during a chance meeting.
The first half also shows how despite her efforts to do a story of substance, nothing seems to be going right for Noor.
In a sense, her tale makes one identity with her.
The movie, however, takes a turn for the worse as Noor gets on with the pursuit of her investigative story.
The proceedings in the second half give one a 'caricaturush' feel.
The handling of the sequences of investigative reporting is somewhat 'amateurish'.
So while the first half gives the audience a 'breezy' and 'fresh' feel with deep insights into the 'executing' as well as hard life of a journalist, the flick tends to ramble in the second half with the climax of the film coming across a clinched.
While the director Sunhil Skippy deserves credit for perfectly 'sketching' the life of a journalist, he shows a clumsy handling of the sequences of investigative reporting.
As a news agency journalist craving to do stories of substance and trying hard to juggle her work and personal life, Sonakshi comes up with an brilliant performance.
As the 28 year old who is perplexed at why thing are going wrong in her life, she comes across as cute and endearing.
After 'Akira', Sonakshi shows that she carry a film on her shoulders.
Undoubtedly an award worthy performance by the actress.
Purab Kohli impresses with his cameo in the film.
The rest of the cast, including Smita Tambe, Shibani Dandekar and Manish Chaudhary provide a good support.
The music of the film is good with songs like 'gulabi Aankhen' and 'hai zaroori' standing out.
The cinematography is excellent with the city of Mumbai being captured well.
Noor is thus an endearing story of life of an investigative reporter with brilliant performance by Sonakshi.
Rating: 3/5 - one for the realistic story, one for brilliant act by Sonakshi, 0.
5 for direction and 0.
5 for cinematography