Oh yes! You can spot out the millennial in her from a mile…she embodies the self-absorbed life-style, the organically sourced boho chic outfits, the constant reference to social media, and the text dependence…I can go on and on!
The way we look at movies in 2017 has changed dramatically in the last decade. Move over “Stars”! That phrase has been replaced indisputably by “Actors”! The success of a movie is more talent driven and doesn’t depend any more on just pure star power. The fact that Sonakshi Sinha is carrying a movie on her young shoulders with no “starry” or well-known supporting cast is proof of the changing times!
When I saw her in the dreamy Lootera(2013) in the avatar of Pakhi Roy Chaudhary, I was bowled over by her soul-stirring depiction, in that masterpiece! So she is perfectly able to carry Noor Roy Chaudhary (yes, the same last name by some twist of fate) and come off her own! She makes binge drinking vodka and being tardy at all times, so cool! I love her cluttered lifestyle where everything is in disarray except her mind, which is crystal clear!
More often than not, older generations have an attitude towards young people. They see them as entitled and screen-obsessed digital worshipers. To some extent it is true; but also in abundance, is the feeling of doing something meaningful, with their lives! They are not afraid to follow their passion or conviction, if they believe in the cause! Noor is aspirational about her sense of entitlement! She has grandiose plans of being a well-known political journalist at none other than CNN. That’s her dream job! To cover stories that show the marginalized man in a haloed light! To show their courage and heroism in spite of the despair and adversities they face in life! But this is not an ideal world, according to the collective wisdom of the movie-makers of Noor! Instead of tapping her brain power for a noteworthy story, her boss sends her to cover Sunny Leone, chasing TRPs and the bottom line, by playing it safe! Now that is something I found difficult to swallow! Media outlets covers a variety of news so if she is on the political beat, why would they send her to do a feature on Sunny Leone?? Some goof-ups that weren’t expected from a seemingly intelligent director.
The story line is developed well with Sonakshi and her band of loyalist—her 4 am friends who accept her with all her mood swings and swags! Kanan Gill, the software engineer turned stand up comedian gives her stellar support as Saad. His Saad is salty, suave, and and sexy! Shivani, the third wheel in the triangle of childhood friend bonding, gives her unequivocal support as Noor goes up and down in an emotional roller-coaster. As she stumbles upon her “The Big Story”- illegal organ harvesting – she gets busted by her boyfriend who ironically worked for CNN as a war photo journalist. So much for aspiring to work for CNN 🙂
As long as the movie dealt in a lighthearted vein, it chugged along quite seamlessly! But from the moment it changes the course of the plot with a political expose, Noor (the movie) falls in an abyss. It is way out of its depth to carry it through convincingly so it does what people do these days, to garner attention. Or to be heard, or to start a movement, gather momentum for a cause they believe in- whatever! Activism and the quest to unmask the criminal becomes tad too easy over social media.! The plot nosedives but still manages to cruise through the choppy waters largely due to Sonakshi. She never lets go of her character and there is one shot right at the end that capitalizes on her blue chip acting capabilities (no doubt the genes come from dad, Shatrughan Sinha).
Purav Kohli and Manish Chaudhary as the two men whose characters give Sonakshi quite a lot of angst. But she moves on and how is the typical life hack of the Y generation! Purav, as always, delivering a top-notch performance without belittling his sleazy character. Manish, as the boss who has lost his edge and appetite for hard lined stories and prefers candy floss to mettle, is a joy to watch! Smita Tambe, as the victim, is terrifyingly real!
The movie has its shortcomings but the acting just flows! The dialogues are catchy and packs in a sharp punch! Yes, I would recommend it for cinema lovers to see it! And if you live in the Raleigh-Durham area, it’s running in only one theater in Morrisville! FYI 🙂