• Notebook

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    Summary

    An ex-army officer Kabir (Zaheer Iqbal) comes back to Kashmir to be a school teacher. However, things turn out to be totally opposite of what he had imagined. The school is situated in the middle of the remote Wuller lake, lacking basic amenities like running water and electricity and is attended by just a handful of students. This is not what Kabir had signed up for. Things take a turn when one day Kabir finds a notebook, left behind by the previous year’s teacher Firdaus (Pranutan Bahl). What follows is what happens to Kabir after the discovery of this special notebook.

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  • ...is not just a kiss to your heart, or a balm for the soul, it’s the divine belief of togetherness and a reminder that even in the frenetic surroundings, the cosmos has its own steady pendulum about love, compassion and togetherness.

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  • ...is an easy watch where you can appreciate the humour, drama and romance. But the film leaves you wanting for more. Perhaps with more creativity in writing, this young romantic saga could have achieved more.

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  • ...boasts of exemplary performances by the debutants and is beautifully shot while stressing on the importance of education.

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  • Honestly, there is nothing wrong with this film. You only wish it hadn’t been so antiseptic.

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  • ...it's a simple, old fashioned piece of romance, something that perhaps belongs to the Hrishikesh Mukherjee school of filmmaking.

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  • Sadly, Notebook's more introspective and humane aspects remain confined to the backdrop to accommodate a lacklustre romance.

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  • A good idea, it is the execution that falters.

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  • ...is not perfect, but like the sterling Kashmir waterscapes in the film camouflaging so much turmoil, and captured here so beautifully by cinematographer Manoj Kumar Khatoi, it too is worth a visit.

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  • ...with so much solo heavy lifting and a wobbly screenplay in tow, Kakkar delivers far short of what he is capable of.

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  • It's an official remake of Nicholas Sparks' romance made by Hollywood a while ago. Except this is set in Kashmir and hence stunning. Plus the newcomers are not bad at all, and the kids are the sweetest.

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  • It soon becomes clear that Notebook — for all its postcard framings and poetic peg — is still very much about one thing: introducing two new faces to the world, and serving as their showreel.

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  • ...has an unremarkable lead pair, an underwhelming dull love story...

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  • Love as a buffer against militancy? What a good idea. But not in this airy-fairy, ineffective way that Notebook propounds: the performances by the newbies, with Iqbal faring just a trifle better than Bahl is as two dimensional as the plot.

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  • Can picture-postcard images paper over misshapen pockmarks left on a film by a pair of rough-on-the-edges new actors finding their tentative way through a sloppy screenplay and going around in circles? If Notebook, Nitin 'Filmistaan' Kakkar's third film, is anything to go by, the answer is a big, resounding no.

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