In short, Noor is a story of recollections through Paintings by a little special child called Noor!
The memories here are traumatic so much so that one character, Sajida, Noor’s mother has forgotten that she has memories of her childhood days during the cyclone of 1970. On the other hand, our war hero, Ali, who adopted her at 5 or 6 from Bangladesh, has shut everything linked with the war he was part – the War of Independence fought by the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in 1971 neatly into compartments in his brain. He locked them threw the keys into the Arabian Sea! Such is the story line. Sajida is oblivious, therefore, has no realizations until she is made to remember them all. Ali is a living trauma for he suppresses those memories consciously.
Noor acts as the catalyst or her paintings does. Each of her painting is an image from their past. It acts as a trigger to remember the whole incident. Ali and Sajida come to terms with their respective pasts, are able to talk about it with some clarity….
The story in a nutshell
We have a soldier, Pakistani by birth: Ali, filled with youthful patriotism, he enlists in the army to fight this war. Within a few days in the battlefield, he realizes that war is an ugly affair just like his Naanijaan had predicted before he left. But, since he was here, he had to obey orders, orders which he was forced to obey for he was a junior officer. Typhoid comes as a rescue, and Ali heads home. On the way to the airport, he finds a girl of 5 0r 6 on the road… He takes her along with him Naanijaan and brings her up as his daughter, Sajida…