Director Rosshan Andrrews' "Notebook"
is a film set in a school milieu that's naughty and nice and will appeal
to the teenage crowd. But it may fail to live up to the
expectations that his hugely successful directorial debut "Udayananu
The story revolves around three girls and their misadventures in a boarding school,
the Lord's Academy in Ooty. Saira Elizabeth, Pooja and Sreedevi are
thick friends and are always together. The first one is
naughty and bold, the second girl, an angel at one moment and a selfish
brat at another, and the third one is shy and timid. The traits of these three girls
take the story forward when it unfolds beyond their initial friendship.
Sreedevi, the most innocent among them falls for this guy played
by Sooraj. Although her friends try to discourage
her in the beginning, when they realise her involvement they support
their relationship. But things turn negative when she misuses the
freedom allowed by her friends and becomes pregnant. This unfortunate
incident changes each one of their lives completely. Watch the movie to
find out what happens to them...
The director tries to put forward a message that children needs to
grow up with their parents and that they should be close enough to
express their innermost feelings to them openly. In this fast
and modern world where nobody has the time or patience for anything, the
director tries to convey how family support could do wonders for
children to succeed in life.
If you look at the negative side, some of the sequences lack
originality, like the opening scene when the three girls try to skip
New Year's midnight prayer to plant a sapling in the school's campus
as a symbol of their friendship. The screenplay, credited to Bobby and Sanjay,
to some extend fails to involve
the audience emotionally with any of the trio. If the school and its inmates were presented in a more realistic manner,
the characters would have elicited greater audience empathy.
Roshhan Andrews with this film has made a brave attempt by bringing
out a film with newcomers sans any big stars in the lead. The plus
points of the film are the camera of C.Divakar and the songs tuned by
debutant Majo Joseph who also acts in the movie. Songs such as 'Hridayavum...
and 'Changhathikoottam..' are quite hummable. Newcomers- Roma, Parvathi
and Mariya give a very impressive performance, especially Roma as Saira has a charming screen
presence. The principal, a stern priest nicknamed Draculam as well as
the young newcomer Sooraj have also done their parts well. Suresh Gopi
enacts a cameo role as Saira's father.
Overall the movie is worth a watch.