Lootera is one of my favourite films of all times. I am not saying that Noor (the character) is as layered or even well written as Pakhi (Lootera) but Sonakshi Sinha’s efforts seem the same.
Noor is the story of a journalist, or rather joker journalist, who is trying to find her ground. She wants to engage in serious journalism and cover incidents like “subah ke 11.30 bhi nahi baje aur 17 log local trains mei marr chuke hai” but ends up taking a Sunny Leone interview, because her boss is just concerned about the TRPs. Then there is a scam and she wants to be at the forefront of it all, but is scammed herself. In order to undo the wrong that has occurred, Noor has to do something…
The film starts off very well, matlab beautifully. But as it progresses, it just fails to hold your eyes at the screen because it lacks pace and matter. Everything is perfect in Noor (the film) till Noor (the character) doesn’t have a purpose and when she does, the film falls apart. Also, this is a very stereotypical depiction of the life of a journalist, nothing new.
Director Suhil Sippy and cinematographer Keiko Nakahara capture the essence of Mumbai beautifully. It seems like a tribute to Mumbai. The local trains, neglected Victorian buildings, the slims and of course the Sea Link, everything seems so beautiful.
Actors Shibani Dandekar and Purab Kohli do a good job but they are hardly there. Kanan Gill is placed oddly. The writing of his character Saad is top-notch. He is Noor’s best friend, but Gill cannot bring out the nuances of Saad in the dramatic moments, which by the way are many. He fits right during the comic moments, but there are very few of them.
But what keeps you through Noor is Sonakshi Sinha. Singlehandedly she holds the film together. Four years ago, we had all watched Lootera and Sinha’s amazing performance in the film. Honestly, I had fallen in love with her then and I’m in love with her performance again. I really hope she does more of such meaty cinema.
Also look out for Smita Tambe. She plays Noor’s maid Malti, without whom Noor cant function. There is a scene in her house when she and Noor are crying – it is so BEAUTIFUL!
All in all, go watch Noor for nothing but Sonakshi Sinha. She’s terrific.