Noor: Highway Reel Film Review


Rating – **1/2

Director – Sunhil Sippy

Cast – Sonakshi Sinha, Kanan Gill, Purab Kohler, Shibani Dandekar

Set in Mumbai, the film follows the life of Noor (Sonakshi Sinha) who is a typical clumsy girl-next-door with very relatable problems.

Struggling to find herself as a budding journalist and forced to do terrible stories, she’s tired of her not-so-happening life. Her childhood friends Zara (Shibani Dandekar) and Saad (Kanan Gill) are her lifelines, who try hard to make her life interesting. But it’s only when she meets ex-journalist Ayan Bannerjee (Purab Kohli) that things change for her. However, her life turns upside down when she breaks a hard hitting story, not realising the repercussions of her actions. The rest of the plot revolves around Noor trying to make up for her mistakes; and in a very predictable ending, redeeming herself for a new beginning.

Director Sunhil Sippy touches upon several social issues in bits and parts, since the film is adapted on Saba Imtiaz’s novel, Karachi, You’re Killing Me.  Although it takes time to establish the premise and characters, the light-hearted monologue at the beginning is enjoyable. Sonakshi’s quirky mannerisms will surely make you smile but as the film progresses the story gets a tad boring.

Despite a major plot twist, the film fails to keep you at the edge of your seat.

Bang in the middle of nowhere, the story suddenly takes you to the foreign locales of London. This happens towards the second half when Sonakshi runs away on a holiday to take a break from her problems, just like the director did with the script. The dipping pace takes yet another plunge and by now you know that there’s no scope for redemption.

Coming to the performances, Sonakshi is fun to watch and has put her best foot forward for this one. She’s proved her acting prowess here after her failed outing in Akira.
Debutant Kanan Gill is truly impressive. There are times when his inexperience is evident on screen but overall, he is entertaining.

Shibani Dandekar didn’t have much to contribute and was completely wasted. Purab Kohli played the dapper hottie-at-forty with ease and is still quite the charmer that he used to be.

Except the Gulabi Ankhen track, there’s no other song that deserves a mention.

Supriya Says: Noor falls prey to the same old Bollywood drama with its predictable climax but still can be termed as a one-time watch.

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