Verdict: Notebook is as charming as it is stunningly beautiful.
Produced by Salman Khan under the banner SKF, Notebook introduces two new faces – Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl – in a romantic tale. Set in the gorgeous Kashmir, Notebook gives you many reasons to head to the theatres this weekend.
What’s Notebook About:
Kabir Kaul (Zaheer Iqbal) is an ex-army man who joins Wullar Public School in Kashmir, where seven adorable kids of different ages are his students. He has big shoes to fill as the teacher before him, Firdaus (Pranutan Bahl), was the children’s favorite. Like all children, these too are brutal and do not get along with Kabir. This coupled with no water or electricity or even a proper sturdy structure, Kabir is frustrated. Just then, he finds a notebook which belongs to Firdaus, where she’d chronicle her days at the school and her thoughts. Kabir gets to know more about Firdaus and is drawn towards her courage and kindness. Gradually, Kabir is able to connect with the kids and get through many ups and downs with the help of his friend Firdaus, who he’s never met. The first half ends on a dramatic note and leaves you wondering how it’ll all come together.
Notebook’s Kashmiri setting is just as dreamy and romantic as its theme. Kashmir’s stunning, raw scenic beauty makes the film a sight to behold. Notebook does its best at telling a love story that feels different and unorthodox. Director Nitin Kakkar‘s way of storytelling is captivating, as the narrative is non-linear but efficient and easy to follow. Both Zaheer and Pranutan have portrayed their characters well. They’re both charming and affable. Despite not having many scenes together, their chemistry seems natural and sweet. The kids in the film are super cute and extremely adorable and have made many scenes enjoyable, especially when they meet Kabir for the first time. Apart from making it a picturesque love story, the script delves a little deeper into the Kashmiri setting. It touches upon issues like mass displacement of the Kashmiri citizens and young boys being forced into becoming militants. The second part is particularly engaging as it delves into Kabir’s past. Notebook also has a few chuckle-worthy moments, which work well.
What Could’ve Been Better:
A few melodramatic moments could’ve been avoided. We wish we could’ve known a little more about the protagonists’ childhood, which would’ve made it even easier to empathize with them.
Why You Should Watch:
Notebook is a love story told differently and credit is definitely due there. The film is easy breezy peppered with humor and some good story arcs. The kids in the film will surely win your hearts. In all, Notebook makes for a good weekend watch with your family and loved ones.