Who knows the Notebook flames turns out to be the perfect romance story. Nitin Kakkar’s directorial “Notebook“, set up in the landscapes of Kashmir is a simple love story based on the idea of getting to know another person through a diary. It is an endless love saga of old school romance with love letters and personal diaries.
Notebook revolves around the newcomer Kabir Kaul (Zaheer Iqbal) and Firdaus (Pranutan Bahl), where Kabir is a displaced Kashmiri Pandit who returns to his roots, to the school which was established by his father. The school is situated in an isolated place right in the middle of the lake, where only a head count of five students are admitted. There Kabir stumbled upon Firdaus’s personal diary who was previously teaching in the same school.
The two of the lead are being launched by Salman Khan, who also launched other actors through movies like Loveyatri and Hero. The best thing about Zaheer is that he is not Ayush Sharma. He may have acquitted himself in masala movies but that kind of epistolary romance is past his ken. Pranutan offers a limited act yet unpleasant edges do sneak in.
Initially, in the story, Kabir finds it difficult to cope up with the children, but slowly and gradually it’s Firdaus’s journal moves him to make those children under his wings. In lows and high, Firdaus unconsciously turns into the voice in his mind which pulled at his heart in a way nobody else did. Like a Romeo, Kabir thinks of her as his perfect partner till he discovers she has a life partner however that doesn’t prevent him from adoring her.
Cinematographer Manoj Kumar Khatoi’s camerawork catches lavish, staggering Kashmiri vistas – undulating scenes secured with blazing chinar leaves, water bodies refracting the sun and the moon in the entirety of their quality, snow-shrouded crests peeping into the focal point from a separation. It is dazzling good, however, it can’t haul Notebook out of the silly account swamp that it swims through in its endeavor to convey a bizarre story of youthful love set in a strife-ridden paradise where anger and anguish reside side by side.
Talking about the Music, “Bumro” (the old folk number from Kashmir earlier heard in a different and less impressive version in “Mission Kashmir”) was well executed, but other than that the remaining songs do not make a lasting impression. Like “Nai Lagda,” is a standing example of how an inherently good composition and its mood (lyrics included) can be ruined beyond repair by a needlessly screechy high-pitched rendition and raucous instrumentation dominated by the rock-guitar.
Adapted by screenwriter Darab Farooqui from Teacher’s Diary, Thailand’s official entry for the Oscars in 2014, and directed by Nitin Kakkar the movie has managed to add life to an otherwise ordinary script with the help of some beautiful picturesque landscape.
Here we are with 2 out of 5 stars for Notebook, Don’t expect anything out of the old schooled love romance, go without any expectations and you will be left surprised.
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