Paa is an extraordinary film about a child who suffers from a rare genetic disease progeria which makes the twelve year old boy physically look like a 60 year old person.
Amol (Abhishek Bachchan) has an affair with Vidya (Vidya Balan) and leaves her after she becomes pregnant. He dabbles in politics and is quite ambitious. Vidya, a gynecologist, carries her pregnancy and gives birth to a boy Auro (Amitabh Bachan) who is suffering from progeria.
The 12 year old Auro goes to school and lives with his mother and grand mother (Arundhati Naag). He has a buddy (Pratik) in the school. He happens to meet Amol. A series of events bring the family together and Auro bonds with his father.
For the first time we do not see Amitabh Bachchan on the screen but comes out as just Auro, speaking an adolescent tongue with a nasal twang and
moving in an awkward shuffle. This is an Oscar award winning role that Big B played to perfection. Abhishek Bachchan is no less inferior. He essayed his role with aplomb and effortless ease. Vidya Balan is the surprise element. She is simply superb as a caring mother and as a traumatized wife who has been left alone by a politician husband.
The roles of Arundhati Naag and Paresh Rawal are credible and they perform effectively. Pratik is truly talented. Jaya Bachchan in her cameo is pleasing. All others are adequate in their roles.
At last, Balki comes along with a refreshing story of relationships. The great point in the story is that not even once Auro, suffering with progeria, has been discriminated. His role has been dealt with normally and maturely. The screenplay and dialogues are good. In spite of political sub plots, Auro carries the narration in the most sensible and sensitive manner.
Cinematography by PC Sriram is of world standard. Music by Ilayaraja is pleasing and soothing. Make up of Amitabh Bachchan as Auro by Hollywood technicians Christien Tinsley and Domini Till is simply amazing.
Paa is a rare experience in cinema with extraordinary performance by
Amitabh Bachchan and wonderful acting by Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal.
This is a film which every father and mother should watch. Balki blends the emotions between parent and child and between parents themselves with such a finesse and makes watching Paa a worthwhile experience.
Do not miss Paa which has a simple
theme told without any complexities but narrated with great imagination and sensitivity.
The Cast and Crew
Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Pratik, Arundhati Naag, Jaya Bachchan and others
Make up : Christien Tinsley and Domini Till
Music : Ilayaraja
Cinematography : PC Sriram
Producer : AB Corp
Director : R Balakrishna (Balki)
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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