Director: Nitin Kakkar
Cast: Zaheer Iqbal, Pranutan Bahl
There are some books that are close to your heart and this Notebook will be one of them, to stay with you for a long time.
Notebook is the story of how a personal journal of Firdaus (Pranutan Bahl), a teacher of a school surrounded on all sides by water affects the life of her replacement teacher, Kabir (Zaheer Iqbal).
Director Nitin Kakkar’s Notebook is like a warm blanket in the winter morning. Notebook has all the ingredients that make for a good family watch.
Zaheer Iqbal’s character Kabir for some reason decides to take up a job at school in a secluded region of Kashmir where at first he gets a cold welcome from his students but with help of his predecessor teacher Firdaus’ personal journal he manages to get in the good books of his students and eventually fall in love with her. Seems similar to our childhood’s favourite movie Raju Chacha. Though it seems the movie lends a little from the Ajay-Kajol starrer the movie packs a lot of emotions.
Pranutan Bahl convincingly plays the teacher which we never had. For her 1st timer, she packs a powerful punch. Zaheer Iqbal takes away the cake with his dance, his acting. Seems like Bollywood has new future stars in the house. The kids are a bundle of joy to watch and demand your attention.
Manoj Kumar Khatoi’s camera captures the beauty of Kashmir like the travel shows on National Geographic does. This is by far the best way that “Heaven On Earth’ is shot. The drone shots of the school in the middle of the river are a delight to watch. A sequence where a storm destroys the school is one of the best shot sequences of Bollywood so kudos to the cinematographer and his team.
The style of direction and editing that Notebook has is a fresh breath of air and while some cinematic liberties are taken here and there Notebook is a movie that you can buy tickets for.
We give Notebook 3.5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐1/2