For months now, we've been anticipating the re-branding of Sonakshi Sinha. While her last attempt with an action orientated role in 'Akira' failed, her latest movie 'Noor' could finally be the one that reinvigorates her career in Bollywood.
'Noor' is the light hearted, but dramatic coming of age story that we've all been wanting to see Sonakshi Sinha in.
A journalist struggling with work issues, personal issues, love issues and over all life issues is really what 'Noor' is about. The story of a young woman balancing all elements of her life while trying to be happy and successful in every facet of her life, is the struggle that the story is made of.
The Trailer for 'Noor' is everything we wanted it to be. The Trailer sees Sonakshi Sinha in a role tailor made for her, but one that humanizes and makes her relatable to everyone while still helping us to laugh with her instead of at her. Sinha's natural comic timing is put to great use here in a self deprecating tone that is in short, glorious! Sinha's inherent charisma and massive on screen presence is supremely effective in a movie where she's not playing second fiddle to a male character.
Based on a best selling book by a Pakistani author, 'Noor' is an author backed role for the actress, who thus far has made a career of playing only the romantic lead opposite the male main character, in almost every film she's done. This movie is basically Sinha's last chance to prove to audiences and filmmakers her capabilities as an actress and her ability to carry a movie on its shoulders. And honestly speaking, the trailer does not disappoint.
Full of life, catchy tunes, a hilarious first half, an impressive introduction and great delivery of one liners by all involved, the trailer of 'Noor' shows a movie that may very well be one of the most surprising mainstream films of 2017.
While many leading actresses of Bollywood like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Rani Mukerji have been able to create successful films as the solo lead, this would be one of the very rare few times when an actress who has yet to truly establish herself in the industry, attempts to lead a film on her own right. And so far it looks very much possible.
The makers behind 'Noor' however, are a different story altogether. Directed by debutante director Sunhil Sippy, and written by Althea Kaushal, ('Happy New Year') haven't had much experience in the industry to alleviate concerns. While the film is definitely interesting and features a likable actress in the lead role, the behind the camera talent is even less proven in their ability to handle such a movie.
Despite these uphill struggles, the movie looks like a fun and charming little story that warrants a viewing. The genre is something that Bollywood definitely needs to explore more often, and here's hoping that 'Noor' opens that door for women orientated roles that can embody the spirit of what it means to be a woman in a man's world, while retaining the light hearted and endearing qualities that make such a story universally appealing.
'Noor' stars Sonakshi Sinha & Purab Kohli and is directed by Sunhil Sippy, releasing on April 21st.