Director: R Balakrishnan
Producer: Sunil Manchanda
Banner: AB Corps
Music Director: Illaiyaraja
Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Arundhati Naag
December 4, 2009
‘Paa’ belongs to Auro. Period! In case you are thinking that it is brand Amitabh Bachchan we are talking about, it’s not. In this movie, R. Balki gives you Amitabh in a completely new format, without his persona, baritone, or mannerisms. Not even in a single frame of the film does he seem like The AB, rather it is the ‘Auro’ that you fall in love with. ‘Paa’ is not a take on Progeria, for that matter any specific issue, rather it celebrates the innocent years of life i.e. childhood and how they can be instrumental in getting two estranged people together once again. In short, it is about the simplest, purest phase of life.
‘Paa’ does not show Auro being treated differently because of his medical condition, bringing in emotional melodrama. Rather, Progeria is just taken as a backdrop for a drama revolving around human emotions, with Auro as its heart, soul and spice. The movie stands out for its dry sense of humor, which comes through witty one-liners, mostly from Auro. While the movie is not preachy, it surely brings across the director’s personal views on many issues, right from politics to civic sense and media to motherhood. At the same time, the director again brings forth child characters with maturity beyond their years (which seems to be quite likely in the present jet-age) - just like Cheeni Kum.
Kudos to Amitabh Bachchan for playing the sensitive role of Auro! The spontaneity and spark that he has infused the character with is simply awe-inspiring. His role has been written with perfection. Be it the vulnerability that is there in almost every child his age or the wisdom that he shows (beyond his years), Auro woos you no end. On the other hand, Abhishek Bachchan seems to be using his potential after quite some time. He impresses you with his performance, though in some of the scenes with Auro, he looks a bit awkward. As for Vidya Balan, she is truly commendable. She slips into her role with perfection and her effortless performance is worth applauding.
‘Paa’ has a bunch of child actors as well, who deserve special mention. Arundhati Naag, as Auro’s grandmother, is engaging, while Paresh Rawal does well in his short role. All said and done, ‘Paa’ is not above flaws. For instance, Abhishek Bachchan‘s characters is somewhat klutzily handled. At the same time, the romance angel between Bachchan Jr and Vidya Balan has not been brought out well. Still, the movie manages to make a place in your heart. It celebrates life in its myriad forms and the beautiful gift of relationships that we have in this world. It is surely worth spending bucks on and I am sure that you will leave the hall with a smile on your face and a fond memory of ‘Auro’.
Paa Pre-release Review
‘Paa’ has been penned down by R Balakrishnan, who made his first directorial debut with the sweet romantic comedy ‘Cheeni Kum’, in 2007. It is a very ambitious project, which Balakrishnan undertook by blending two different genres: family and drama. The movie has an amazing star-cast, which includes the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal and Arundhati Naag. Looking at the star cast, one can but imagine what impact the movie will have over the galore of people nationwide. The movie also has some amazing songs composed by none other than Illaiyaraja.
The entire story of ‘Paa’ revolves around a 13-year-old boy, Auro (played by Amitabh Bachchan), who is inflicted with an extremely rare and progressive genetic defect. He suffers from a progeria-like syndrome, which causes accelerated ageing. Although emotionally and mentally Auro is a 13 year old boy in every aspect, his outward appearance makes him look 5 times older. But despite this condition, he is a very happy child, who is very attached with his family. His father Amol Arte (Abhisekh Bachchan), is a young, idealistic and very progressive politician and mother (Vidya Balan), a gynecologist. The entire movie deals with the emotional turmoil that Auro’s parents go through
‘Paa’ dwells on a unique father-son relationship, which has never been seen on-screen before. The manner in which the characters play the amazing and unique roles is really mind-blowing. The film deals with human emotions and sentiments at different levels, with the genetic ailment as the back-drop. How will Amol deal with such a difficult and sensitive issue? Will Auro ever be able to lead a normal and independent life? Learn the answer to all your queries by watching this amazing and heart-warming movie ‘Paa’, releasing on the 4th of December, 2009.