To appeal to the young-audiences who fill up most of the seats for any film up for release (for getting selfies in those seats with their dates is another reality), mainstream Bollywood has been diverting its focus towards making youth-oriented cinema. Since the release of Shuddh Desi Romance in 2013, which paved the way for characters who are emotionally and sexually liberated, many movies have followed the suit and Noor is one of them. Unfortunately, this effort to break the shackles of a formulaic plots has also resulted in a formula and Noor falls an unfortunate prey to that.
It’s major quandary is an inability to surf from comic to tragic elements. Dramedys take a huge risk for they are two movies emulsified into one, and more often that not they come off as phony, which is what Noor feels like throughout its run-time. Predictability is a curse of cinema, and Noor is jinxed with it. It adopts a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off structure, yet has none of the charm it exuded. When will screenplay writers understand that comedy isn’t witty one-liners wrote off as dialogues ? There needs to be scenarios created so as to make these dialogues effective as well and Noor lacks them in ginormous amounts.
The other quandary is its take on journalistic integrity. It takes shares and retweets on social media as a scale to measure the popularity of a news item. And believe me, there is even a one minute scene where all that flashes on the scene is a number of hashtags, status updates and like counter. I can’t imagine how a film-maker even thought in his wildest dreams that this is not cringe-worthy. The film for some inexplicable reason tries to accommodate the entire life of its character in a bunch of hashtags. In a world where even someone saying ‘Damn Daniel’ repeatedly gets viral, I have rights to assert that social media is the least of all mediums to be used to illustrate the impact of a news item.
However, even in the midst of all this ruckus, Sonakshi Sinha stands tall. This movie really did not deserve this amazing performance.The few chuckles I garnered was for the odd charm she brought into the character with her adorable mannerisms. I have high regard for her and I wish she does more of such phenomenal work, however with better scripts. Kanan Gill is fabulous as the comedic and emotional relief, and the movie does an excellent work in exploring the romantic undertones of their relationship with a gradual pace.
Maybe the reason why I am writing so despondently about this movie is I expected more. I walked into this movie actually holding high hopes, and except for the performances and cinematography, I was let down. I would however recommend you to give it a go without holding high hopes. Maybe you might love it as much as I loved Sinha’s performance. You can walk into the cinema hall just to watch her, and it still wouldn’t be a waste of hard-earned money.
RATING : 5.5 / 10
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