Noor movie review: Sonakshi Sinha, your journalist needs a fact check

Noor movie review: It isn’t really Sonakshi Sinha’s fault that Noor Roy Choudhary comes off as a complete klutz as a crusading journo. She is simply practising the movie’ s notion of journalism, which is as fuzzy and unrealistic.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2017 8:32 am
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Noor movie cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Purab Kohli, M K Raina, Shibani Dandekar, Manish Chaudhary
Noor movie director: Sunhil Sippy 
Noor star rating: 2 stars

Noor the film is as mixed up as its female protagonist of the same name: it gets some things right and the others horribly wrong. First, the good stuff. What a delight to see a woman fronting a film, even if Noor’s (Sonakshi Sinha) character is somewhat of a young Bridget Jones template: she peers at a bag of chips as if were an enemy (right, she’s got weight issues); she hangs out with a guy (Kanan Gill) she’s known for ever, back-slapping him (of course, the realization that he’s something more will dawn at an appropriately late stage); she has no compunction about making moves on an attractive available male (Purab Kohli) even as she voices anxieties about the state of her love life, or the lack thereof; and so on.

There has been a sudden flurry of female characters in Bollywood, who are pleasingly fleshed out, and who are allowed to have thoughts in their head. But because it’s so difficult to get such films out there, it still feels like a victory to have a Noor as a full-fledged, owning-the-screen character, muddling along in the best chick-flick based on chick-lit tradition (Noor is adapted from the mostly sparkly ‘Karachi You’re Killing Me’), looking for The One.

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The big problem with Noor is not when she is facing up to the good-looking men in her life, which includes her dad, played with wry humour by M K Raina. It is when she is being a professional: as a journalist, which she purports to be, Noor is a disaster.

It isn’t really Sonakshi Sinha’s fault that Noor Roy Choudhary comes off as a complete klutz as a crusading journo. She is simply practising the movie’ s notion of journalism, which is as fuzzy and unrealistic as it can get: not only does she get into improbable slanging matches with her editor, the latter is equally a figment of someone’s misguided imagination of what bosses in the newsroom can be like. And don’t even get me started on the lectures he delivers on the ethics of journalism: they would make a real journalist gnash their teeth. Did anyone fact-check these lines?

And while we are on the subject, can we please stay away from lines such these which are clunky transliterations from the original-in-English: ‘tujhe apna chehra dekhna chahiye tha’ (you should have seen your face). And here’s another: ‘agar isme se ek cheez achchi nikli hai’ (if there’s one good thing that’s come out of this..). These are characters who anyway speak in a natural mix of English-and-Hindi, why not just have them say these lines in English?

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.

If only the whole film was like that.

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    Mia
    Apr 26, 2017 at 11:10 pm
    Noor was a great film. I am a Published Author myself and I must say the movie was way better than " Dear Zindagi ." Maybe you enjoy films like ' Happy New Year ' which suits your low mentality .
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      DD
      Apr 24, 2017 at 12:31 am
      all you media ppl are the most disgusting and pathetic people in the world today. you guys are inhuman , greedy .
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        jodh Arora
        Apr 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm
        why does not she marry y her boy friend? I mean Arjun Kapoor. she will be happy and should settle down.
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          Mia
          Apr 26, 2017 at 11:12 pm
          Because she has better things to do with her life unlike you just having and producing ugly babies .
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          Albedo
          Apr 23, 2017 at 11:35 am
          She just showed that journos are morons.
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            Janakiraman Rajalakshmi
            Apr 23, 2017 at 9:13 am
            Good review. By just looking at the promotional clips on tv , I told myself this is but a mish mash of Bridget Jones' Diaries heavily desified. Earlier sridevi attempting to play a journalist in mediocre mr dia was an attempt to bank heavily on her anatomy , throwing in the usual corrupt politicians' caricatures which proved to be a commercial success as nothing sells like in India. Be it battle of bulges or women playing the central role Indian film industry proves consistently it lacks originality. Hollywood is the trend setter in all genres . And bollykollywood blindly copies Hollywood throwing in too many kitschy song & dance routines making everything highly kitschy & mediocre. Page 3 was better with Konkona Sen's credible performance.
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              Janakiraman Rajalakshmi
              Apr 23, 2017 at 9:15 am
              mr. INDIA.
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                Janakiraman Rajalakshmi
                Apr 23, 2017 at 9:16 am
                .....like in.. dia.
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              rajvardhan
              Apr 22, 2017 at 3:41 pm
              Good review. You are one of the best Indian cinema critics. People might feel it offensive because these days taking offense is like hobby for Indians. Good work. Keep going.
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                praveena
                Apr 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm
                when IE started worry about facts
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                  Arjun Malakar
                  Apr 22, 2017 at 10:35 am
                  ##Some words were auto censored by IE. So here is an updated post - Movie is a complete disaster. Period! Why would you try to embellish it with female protagonist etc. It's pathetic how you often bring personal feminist agendas into your reviews. Tomorrow a Gau rakshak's heart will soar with hindutva pride if he gets an opportunity to front a horribly lousy film with gobar written all over it- but we will have to read a review by Gau rakshak sympathiser who will obviously be all dreamy because no matter how big a pile of cow dung the movie is he will think it is 'good' news that it is being fronted by one of his ilk? Truly pea sized 'greenwashed' brain you have! Learn to see colors for what they are and call a spade a spade. Otherwise you and that gau rakshak are circulating the same small mindedness.
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                    Arjun Malakar
                    Apr 22, 2017 at 10:29 am
                    Movie is a complete disaster. Period! Why would you try to embellish it with female protagonist etc. It's pathetic how you often bring personal feminist agendas into your reviews. Tomorrow a Gau rakshak's heart will soar with hindutva pride if he gets an opportunity to front a ty film with written all over it- but we will have to read a review by Gau rakshak sympathiser who will obviously be all dreamy because no matter how big a pile of cow dung the movie is he will think it is 'good' news that it is being fronted by one of his ilk? Truly pea sized 'greenwashed' brain you have! Lear to see colors for what they are and call a spade a spade. Otherwise you and that gau rakshak are circulating the same small mindedness.
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                      Kumar
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm
                      Our Journalists don't check facts. By their standards, it sounds like Noor has been well written. And our movie critics haven't shot a 10 minutes film. What gives them a right to pan movies?
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                        rkannan
                        Apr 21, 2017 at 4:52 pm
                        Journalist and talking of facts & fact check. If our journalists did some fact checking before publishing news, the news would be cut by atleast half and we could get some facts.
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                          Abhilash Sharma
                          Apr 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm
                          And Shubhra Gupta, your pen might needs a break. I've followed you from around three year but since few month your writing is not only boring but also lacks in terms of aesthetics. Please take a break and watch some old cl ics to remind yourself that criticism is not about finding the issue in the film. The job of a film critique should must be different from the job of an activist.
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                            A concerned Indian
                            Apr 21, 2017 at 10:00 pm
                            Sharmaji, what kind of English are you writing? "might needs"? "around three year"? "since few month"? "film critique"? I suggest you brush up your English before attempting to write in that language.
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                              Kumar
                              Apr 21, 2017 at 11:27 pm
                              Lol. "A concerned Indian" seems to be Shubhra Gupta in disguise. No focus on the reader's message and undue stress on technicalities.
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                                Abhilash Sharma
                                Apr 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm
                                Thanks for reminding me and sure I'll work on that but what about you. Do you really care for cinema in the same way. This post is about a film not about "how to write correct english". If you are the writer and thinks language is everything to boost about and it has nothing to do with what you are writing then please brush up your understanding of subject. For me you are behaving like a local cop who always threat the simple people about the legal complication rather than addressing the problem.
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                                Kumar
                                Apr 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm
                                Ha ha .. well said :) She gave 2 stars to Dhanak which went on to win National Award. LOL
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                                  Mia
                                  Apr 26, 2017 at 11:14 pm
                                  GREAT REPLY
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                                  Troll Kuch
                                  Apr 21, 2017 at 10:22 pm
                                  I have stopped taking her seriously altogether, she is more of a nuktachini type neighbourhood auntie rather than a sensible holistic reviewer
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                                    A concerned Indian
                                    Apr 25, 2017 at 2:07 am
                                    What is a "film not"? What is "boost about"? Do you realize I was only talking about the correctness of English, more precisely, about the language that you use to write whatever it is that you are writing. I said nothing about the content of the write-up. And, what is so bad about writing correctly, anyway? Also, just so you know, I care a lot about cinema, but I do not make a big deal about it. I am definitely not behaving like a local cop, so stop making those ic remarks. I want you to know that it is nothing personal; I don't even know you. I happened to notice incorrectly written sentences, so I drew your attention to it. The bottom line: be mindful of the language while writing or speaking, and this is not only for you (I said, nothing personal). We Indians use innumerable English words and expressions even where the regional language can be easily used. So, when we do use English, why not use it correctly? That is all I was trying to say here.
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                                      Abhilash Sharma
                                      Apr 26, 2017 at 1:27 am
                                      Again thanks for pointing out my mistakes and I can understand your irritation as it happen with me when I see badly composed images. Even from my side its nothing personal and whatever I wrote its all because of my attachment with cinema. Yes I'd be happy to use it correctly so I can express my thought convincingly. I liked the way you care for the language but in my view things are little different in reality. In our world english is also used to show one's supremacy of that subject without going into depth. There are people who write in english not only to hide their command over subject but also to get economical success, created with the colonial era. Except Bharadwaj Rangan, Shoma A Chatterji and Raja Sen, I think most of them are using the language only to hide their own incompetency. Let me know if you come across a good review from other writers which can be translated into the original language of the film without loosing its impact.
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                                      A concerned Indian
                                      Apr 25, 2017 at 2:50 am
                                      One word in my reply to Sharmaji (sent a few minutes ago) got cut off -- I do not know how. In part of the sentence " ... so stop making those ic remarks", the word "ic" should have been " ic". Hence, that sentence will now read "I am definitely not behaving like a local cop, so stop making those ic remarks." Everything else stays the same. And, in answer to Kumar, who wrote in response to my answer to Sharmaji: I chose not to focus on the reader's message, and focused only on the instances of incorrect language in the post. Anything wrong with it? My contention once again: what is so bad about insisting on writing or speaking a language correctly, be it English or any regional language?
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                                        A concerned Indian
                                        Apr 25, 2017 at 2:55 am
                                        It seems the word I mean to use is being edited out. I want the readers to note that the word is not"ic". And, since it is edited out, please read that as "pointless". Thus, the sentence now will read "I am definitely not behaving like a local cop, so stop making those pointless remarks."
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