This weekend, escape from all your storms by diving into this Nitin Kakkar directorial, produced by Salman Khan, that takes you back to an easier time full off innocent love and all smiles!
Rating – 3 / 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
It is indeed that time of the year when our very own Bhaijaan finally launches two new-age fresh faces into the film industry with the intention to see them grow and flourish in Bollywood. However, after some previous unmemorable films such as Hero and Love Yatri, I must say that watching such a good-looking, talent-packed pair (Pranutan Bahl and Zaheer Iqbal) was not only a much-needed refreshing break from the usual faces but also a reassuring trust in all new-comers.
Set along the Wular Lake in Kashmir, Notebook follows the story of Kabir (Zaheer Iqbal), a tall broad angry-young-man, who decides to teach at the Wular Public School (previously owned by his father), populated by seven children. Initially finding it rather challenging to deal with the kids and their ways, Kabir comes across a notebook left behind by previous teacher Firdaus (Pranutan Bahl) that inevitably changes his life altogether as not only does he find a way into his students’ hearts but also falls head over heels in love with Firdaus (without ever meeting her!)
“Zindagi mein hum bhaley hi kabhi na mil paaye, kum se kum iss notebook mein hum humesha saath rahenge!”
The majority of the film’s forte lied in its simple yet detail-oriented storyline involving a picturesque setting, unornamented outfits and the intricate drawings in the notebook – all the little elements are so carefully taken into consideration in order to paint a visually and emotionally palpable picture that’s guaranteed to devour the audience. Might I add, the strategically beautiful way in which the colourful sketches in the notebook resonated with the real surrounding and occurrences was definitely a never-seen-before thing! And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also the added impatience of finding out how two individuals, who have never met, end up falling in love that leaves you asking for more!
Coming to performances – Zaheer and Pranutan, please take a bow! The two made it impossible to believe that this was their debut film by the way in which they moulded into their respective endearing and innocent characters, Kabir and Firdaus. Zaheer Iqbal made for quite the eye-candy with his killer looks and Kabir’s likeable personality, whereas, Pranutan carried herself with utmost poise and gracefully brought out the required delicacy and strength through Firdaus’ character. And even though the pair had limited time together on-screen, they were successfully able to exhibit a tangible love story via their in-built impressive acting skills! And along with the lead duo, all of the kids too did a fabulous job at instilling emotion and keeping the audience thoroughly entertained!
The only part where I thought the script could have been improved was during the unraveling of the story in the second half, which might have gotten a tad bit messy and convoluted. Instead of focusing on one major source of conflict, the plot would have benefited by piecing in two to three points of drama, linked together by a smooth transition.
A perfect watch for a late night show with your cuddle-buddy or Sundays with the fam-jam – ‘Notebook’ is conclusively an easy-breezy rom-com that should be seen solely for its innocence and entertainment factor.
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