Sonakshi Sinha is reprising this character for the screen by saying, Karachi becomes Mumbai

The recently released romcom affair Happy Bhag Jayegi was set in Pakistan. Despite all Pakistani characters being shown in a positive light, the film was banned in Pakistan. However, upcoming release Noor won’t face any such issues. Reason? The film’s Pakistani setting has been changed to India.

“Noor is based on Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz’s novel Karachi, You’re Killing Me!. The light-hearted book tells the escapades of a young Karachi-based journalist Ayesha Khan. Sonakshi Sinha is reprising this character for the screen. While she is called Noor in the film, the setting has changed from Karachi to Mumbai. It is an entirely different demographic that Noor is dealing with now,” informs our source.

The book is a bittersweet, tongue-in-cheek tale of the life and times of a single young woman Ayesha attached to her profession as a journalist, who doesn’t mind hanging out with her friends and seek true love. “Well, this one-line plot could have been in Karachi, Kolkata or Kansas. There is no difference that would be made to the film’s storyline or narrative,” informs our insider.

The source continues, “The book did have some mild shock value as it spoke about booze, one-night stands and Page 3 anecdotes set in Karachi. Which could just as easily be set up in Mumbai as well. It was a no-brainer for director Sunhil Sippy and producer Vikram Malhotra to move on from Karachi to Mumbai.”

Confirms Sonakshi, “What we have done is, we have taken the core character from the book. Sunhil wanted to set Noor in Mumbai and that added further realism to the tale. Of course, the convenience of location helped, too. We are now just one last schedule away from wrapping up the film.”