Notebook actors Pranutan, Zaheer Iqbal on making their Bollywood debut with Salman Khan’s production

Legendary actress Nutan’s granddaughter and Mohnish Bahl’s daughter Pranutan, who just marked her Bollywood debut with Salman Khan’s Notebook, is a double graduate in law. Ask her when she decided to study law, and she says, “I thought that education was very important. I got into law school and I was very good, academically. Though I always knew that I wanted to become an actor, I felt why go for auditions at 16 when you can go for it even at 22 and why not dedicate that time to things that will shape you. Also, it’s nice to know about the legality of things like contracts, stamp duty, what it takes to buy a house…” says the actress.

Born into an illustrious family, while Pranutan is ready to take their legacy ahead, she considers it as a huge responsibility as well. “I have taken it in my stride and view it as an encouragement. To be born among artists and such great ones is truly a blessing, so I would want to better myself at my craft. But yes, I am nervous because I know the responsibility on my shoulders. My grandmother was a legendary figure, and I have lot of them in my family – Kajol bua to dadi to papa to Salman sir,” says the petite debutante, who is happy to be launched with a “very real” story.

The love story has been shot in Kashmir and is based on the Thai film Teacher’s Diary, that released in 2014. The film is about of a teacher, who visits a village and finds a diary of another female teacher who was fired from the school. The male teacher reads her diary and while he gets attracted to what’s written in it, he leaves his comments in the diary, too. As soon as the lady teacher returns to the school, she receives her diary and reads the comments left by the male teacher and in-turn gets attracted to him.

“It’s a charming romance where there is longing and unconditional love. Beintehaan mohabbat is how one would define the relationship between Kabir and Firdaus (Zaheer and Pranutan’s characters in this film). My director (Nitin Kakkar) told me that it’s very brave of me to have chosen a debut like Notebook and that is when it struck me, ‘Oh my god, the launch pad is tough.'” I told him that it never crossed my mind because I was so connected with the story and my character. He responded saying this is my innocence and that I should keep it intact. I am not looking at anything but good stories. I don’t want to put myself in a box. Also, for me, it doesn’t make sense to approach films or my career with genres. I believe in stories. If something inspires you, you should do it,” says Pranutan.

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