Actually, Notebook is a movie for all those who love romance and pure love in their life. The one-line narrative is exciting. Film Notebook is an adaptation of Thai movie, Teacher’s Diary and it rotates around ex-army man Kabir, who left Kashmir as a child along with his family after the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits by Islamic extremists. Kabir returns to Srinagar to look after the floating school started by his father as they don't have any teacher there. There are seven students in that school and Kabir discovers their previous teacher, Firdaus’ notebook inside a drawer. Kabir starts falling for Firdaus as he gets to know her better by reading her diary. What happens then forms the rest of the plot.
Megastar Salman Khan had introduced two new actors, Mohnish Bahl’s daughter Pranutan Bahl and Salman’s best friend’s son, Zaheer Iqbal have marked their debut with this film and both the actors were able to impress us with their acts.
Film Notebook makes good use of the talents of its newcomers Zaheer Iqbal and Pranutan Bahl. The freshness of the lead pair and the exotic Kashmiri setting add visual appeal to the movie. Pranutan and Zaheer have a very strong screen presence. They don’t have frequent scenes together but all through the movie you feel that Kabir and Firdaus belong together. Both, Kabir and Firdaus are very likeable characters. The seven child stars are the highlight of this movie, especially Mir Mohammed Mehroos, who has played Imran. Though this is Mir’s first film, he has acted like a seasoned artist. All the kids are very cute and their bonding with Firdaus and Kabir is much stronger than the protagonists love story. The supporting cast too has performed really well.
Director Nitin Kakkar has made an appealing movie. He has adapted the original Teacher’s Diary beautifully and has impeccably set it in Kashmir Valley. He has spoken about the migration of Kashmiri Pandits and though the protagonists belong to different communities, there’s no Hindu-Muslim angle here and that’s quite refreshing. Cinematographer Manoj Kumar Khatoi deserves a pat on the back along with Kakkar and the film's camera crew as they have captured Kashmir so stunningly that each frame looks like a painting. The unusual tale of falling in love with someone you’ve never met holds intrigue for most part of the run time, too. But the film takes a little too much time to set things up.
Film Notebook talks about the importance of education for kids is something that stays with you. It’s an easy-breezy movie and the narrative is sprinkled with a lot of humorous moments. The songs and background score are tuneful. Screenplay is OK, editing is crisp and dialogues are OK.
Overall, film Notebook is a worthy to watch once for passionate and pure love story with perfect star cast.