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Preview: Notebook

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With the movie Notebook, Rosshan Andrews is swimming against the tide. The movie has newcomers acting in it. It is also a big budget movie. For a moment you have to rub your eyes in disbelief to see if it really a Malayalam movie we are talking about.

Suraj, Pooja, Sree Devi, Saira, Firoz and Anna are students of the twelfth standard. They have been studying together from the seventh standard onwards. Young and energetic, they are full of teenage pranks. They are also involved in all issues that relate to students, whether it is examinations, issues with teachers or between students, or romantic affairs. There however are issues that cannot be sorted out by them. The underlying message is that teenage is a very sensitive period in a child’s life, when parental guidance is absolutely necessary.
[Synopsis:Indiaglitz]

While Jayaraj introduced Jason J Nair as the music director, Rosshan is introducing Majo Joseph with this movie. Bobby-Sanjay, who wrote Ente veedu, Appoontem has written this movie.

The latest trick among Malayalam cinema producers is to release a movie in as many centers as possible to encash on the gravitational pull of the well known stars. This way they can make their money faster before word gets out that banging the head against the wall could be better than watching some of the new movies. Notebook does not have anyone with such gravitational pull, except for the curiosity on what Rosshan is upto. In Udayananu Tharam we have seen what Rosshan is capable of, and if Notebook can succeed at box office , close in the heels of Classmates, Malayalam cinema would get a huge boost. It will also prove that the script is the king, not actors.

21 Comments

  1. The songs of Notebook were good.

    IMHO, the english songs [As you know] reminded me of the songs from Aqua – Barbie Girl, Candy Man etc

  2. the movie was amazing…. the skill exhibited by director is truely spectacular..
    the theme is bold… and director succeeded in treating such a sensitive scenes(atleast for malayalam audience..)with ease and charm..and actually was able to get some laughs out of me …
    music by majo was good …but the background score was exceptionally good …
    all in all i am keeping my fingers crossed and expecting that movie will go on to be a big hit…

  3. The Notebook review in sify was not encouraging and some of the scenes which they have described sound very crude – i wont go into the details here

  4. Did u all know that Majo Joseph the music diractor of the movie is Rosshan Andrews’ brother-in-law?

  5. the new filim…notebook…….
    i dont hav enough words to explain about dis movie..hey u people should see dis filim…dont miss it…if u miss dis movie u wil miss a real message which is very important in yours life…..bold theme….thanxs roshan……
    musics are also very nice…..:)

  6. I have not seen another malayalam movie with such visual brilliance and sensitivity in the treatment of adolescent issues. The movie is an eye opener on the ways in which the youth of today have too much access to too much information, perhaps to thier own detriment. When friends take over from parents and the internet takes over from teachers, there can be a lot of potential for self- destruction, as the protagonists of the movie painfully realise

  7. After nearly 2 years of hibernation Rosshan Anddrews made his second movie. There is a saying in the magic language “ If you don’t grow, you will grow small”. With this work Rosshan has grown small. We all expected something grander from him after such a good movie like “Udayananu Tharam” and after such a long span of time. Notebook is just an ordinary movie which one will forget the moment he leaves the movie hall. The message of the movie-Teenage is a dangerous period of time-is stale since it has already been told before in so many movies. I can’t write more due to spoiler problems. But could not help writing it gives food for some unhealthy thoughts to the teenagers. Money is splashed all around. But nothing materializes. The writer duo announced they spend 8 months on the script. But it resulted in a snail-paced one. The director proudly announced he had interviewed too many talents to centre upon 5+1. The girls are ok especially the one who played class prefect-Pooja. Her acting is well measured. Seems she has she has got some fire in her. But when it comes to the hero it is zero. Nothing comes to his face. Some comedies are so lame upon which the viewers might have grimaced instead of grinning. There is more to it but due to spoiler problem I can’t write more. The female characters being 16 are too naïve when compared to ordinary girls. Audiences were booing on some of the heavy dialogues since it felt such dialogues cannot be mouthed by a teenager. Suresh Gopi please bear it in mind to remain on the silver screen playing cameo also helps you. There are only 5 scenes but his presence was worth. The song “Hrudayavum” is a good one. The film is rich in visuals. Background score is good. Choreography is average. Since the movie is female oriented it may be liked by the female gender.

  8. i have read many reviews pointing out the glaring omissions in notebook , but i dont agree , in recent times apart from classmates there has not been an another movie which provided satisfaction as NOTEBOOK . We go to the theatres to be entertained and that is what NOTEBOOK does. There s no point in making such a boo hoo about unworthy script , below par acting etc. NOTEBOOK brings out the class of roshan andrewss , none but him would have been able to do justice to the film . He has extracted cent % from his actors . I liked the acting of the girl called pooja and saira they have done brilliantly. The music is excellent. What else do you want from a movie ? Cerebral pleasure ? Then you should go to film festivals.CONCLUSION:NOTEBOOK is a thorough entertainer ..

  9. I wonder if I am late, but heres wishing VC the very best on the joyous occasion of its first anniversary! 🙂

  10. Hats off to the new guys and gals in NOTEBOOK …..

    After watching the movie one gets the feeling that its the same old wine in a new bottle. However director of the film have made sincere efforts to convey a message to the parents and the teens with some success.
    But we cannot compare this one with Rosshan Andrrews first movie” Udayananu Tharaum” for the reason many of the scenes lose continuity especially songs comes from no where after some shots; should have taken care in the editing table. All the songs and lyrics are good except for the english song which resembles……. Aqua or Venga boys????

    Kudos to all the new entrants in the film (Maria, Roma Parvathy and the new hero Skanda). Roma…. hey she has played the bubbly charecter with great success. Full marks to her superb acting.

    I think its time for malayalam movie industry to try things of this sort, bringing in new faces and new themes like that in Classmates and notebook.

  11. Anil seems to be some disgruntled chap who expected slapstick comedy or maybe some titillation from this movie. Grow up! Every director worth his salt needs to experiment with different themes and presentation and you cant expect roshan to just keep coming up with Udayan part 2 or 3 or 4. I admire him for using his stature to make a movie like notebook instead of leaning on yet another aging super star. And if u grimaced instead of being amused by the comedy maybe there is something wrong with you. (if u had been paying more attention to the movie instead of booing with the crass crowds maybe u would have understood the movie a little more)

  12. Hats off to the new guys and gals in NOTEBOOK……….

    In my opinion it’s a must see movie for everybody!!!.I agree with SREEJA.. Recent times have not seen another Malayalam movie with such visual brilliance and sensitivity in the treatment of adolescent issues. The movie is an eye opener on the ways in which the youth of today have too much access to too much information, perhaps to their own detriment. When friends take over from parents and the internet takes over from teachers, there can be a lot of potential for self- destruction, as the protagonists of the movie painfully realise.

    After watching the movie one gets the feeling that it’s the same old wine in a new bottle. However, director of the film have made sincere efforts to convey a message to the parents and the teens with great success.

    But we cannot compare this one with Rosshan Andrrews first movie” Udayananu Tharaum”. Such classics can be made only once. Here we can’t say that notebook is cent percent fine in all respect. For the reason many of the scenes lose continuity especially songs comes from no where after some shots; should have taken care in the editing table. Again with the script, (in the film towards the end Pooja’s mother asks Sooraj why he has not send the resume to the job offer from Infosy,- I doubt is there any need to send your resume once you have been offered a job???) All the songs and lyrics are good except for the English song which resembles…….Aqua or Venga boys????

    Kudos to all the new entrants in the film (Maria, Roma Parvathy and the new hero Skanda). Roma…. hey she has played the bubbly character with great success. Full marks to her superb acting.

    I think its time for Malayalam movie industry to try things of this sort, bringing in new faces and new themes like that in Classmates and Notebook.

    The critics were not fare with notebook saying that it doesn’t inspire and most of them praise staid regressive duds and complete washouts and stereotypic attempts. I wonder there is any hidden agenda among the so called established caucus of the Malayalam movie industry to trash the only sensible movie to hit the screens in recent times. Maybe there is something to do with the fact that all the reviewers are old guys or else because of the following….

    • The teenage hero is not capable of bashing 5 bad guys nor he barks ‘pu’ or ‘thaa’ or ‘ma’ spiced dialogues.
    • The heroine doesn’t show her bulging cleavage or thighs; nor she dances an item number.
    • The macho hero doesn’t come in orange banyan and neither black dhoti nor he is confused fool of the village.
    • No scary terrorists, no bombs, no machine guns.
    • Old contessa doesn’t fly 40 feet high after a bomb explosion.
    • The pretty (new face) heroine doesn’t fall in love with the macho 40 years older than her.
    • There are no ageing comedians wearing wigs n mooches.
    • No evil god men; no long bearded conspirers.
    • The hero doesn’t beat up the corrupt minister.
    • No smoking, No boozing No raping! OH! NO KISSING ALSO!

    You call this movie ‘insensitive’ I don’t remember seeing another Malayalam movie that presents quintessentially female problems with such absolute sensitivity, never once crossing the line and never ever underestimating female anxieties and concerns. Pray what is so ‘bold’ about asking a male friend to buy a sanitary pad? Did you never know that every single woman needs it at some point or the other? All the events and sequences in this movie are so neatly linked and so effortlessly narrated that it was like a breath of fresh air! The language is exactly what teenagers in such a milieu would use and the setting is clearly not a rural government school. What is wrong with that? Why do we insist that movies only be set in middle class backdrops? Doesn’t anyone else have a life?
    The approach and views of modern day youth and younger generation has changed a lot. Apropos, before writing a critic or review, the critic should think many times and he or she needs to understand the mindset and approach of youngsters and popular masses.

    Sreejith Aravindakshan

  13. It was a superb film. One thing every one says its an advice to most of the present day girls.Al the three heroines acted nicely.Maria had a nice character. Was suited for that chara.Script was the best.every thing aws totally nice..well done..nie movie

  14. Sreejith, You don’t have to post the same comment five or six times per day. It will not get approved.

  15. Notebook reinstates my faith in Rosshan Andrrews as a director and gives hope that Malayalam filmdom can still make that much anticipated ‘phoenix maneuver’ and capture its lost brilliance. The director has extracted amazing performance from the four kids aided by a no-frills script from Bobby & Sanju. I don’t know what the negative reviewers were expecting, but the box office is ringing, that speaks for itself. We need more movies like this sans superstars.

  16. Excellent…Fantastic …Realistic…..
    I scene that i liked most in the movie which i felt most realistic was that ” Firoz Ahmed was asked to draw the figure on the board ,but he couldn’t do that because of the insult”….
    Compare to the scene in “kaathal kondein” in which the hero Dhanush ( who looks like an arrow rather than “Dhanush” )write the entire junk on the black board when he was told so…….
    kudos to Roshan and crew for an Excellent movie.

  17. first of all i appretiate all the artists,director and others who worked behind this film.In my words it is one of the best movie in the world.All of you had done a very
    good job.Once again i appretiate all of you.

    from
    ruksana

  18. I’m very late to see this movie; Notebook.
    I dont’ve any words to appreciate Roshan Andrews for such a very bold decision to bring-out such a nice marvellous movie. Script is superb!!! Theme is extra-ordinary (still not tried in malayalam movie) Actors/Actress done their job very well. Ultimate music !!! A Must See movie to all.
    All the very best to Notebook

  19. As Paul said I am also very very late to see this movie…I thought it will be another “rubbish” campus movie…But kudos to all those who are part of this wonderful movie. I would like to give a special praise to Roshan Andrews and the Script writers.
    The way they handle the sensitive issues of the youth is excellent.Certain scenes are very natural and hats off to Roshan. Once again he proved his ability of narrating a story in a simple and truthful manner. I have lots to say about the movie…But one thing for sure the character ‘Sera’ played by Roma will be there in my mind for ever.Thanks Roshan and keep continuing your good work.

  20. it was a super movie suraj what a handsome boy is he

  21. i find roshan andrew’s notebook a very interesting film.slick design compatible with the content,brilliant spatial and musical architecture bring out the good director that roshan turns out to be.exceptional casting is yet another factor that elevates the film.the principal’s face betrays his nature in a flash.the teens also are well represented by roma and friends.episodical in structure the theme turns serious as frames slide by snowballing ultimately to grief and basic existential unanswerables.after 2 good films it is pathetic that the director has to wait this long for his next film.

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