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December 20, 2009

Paa: A mother-son story

Amitabh Bachchan re-launches himself and his production company with ‘Paa’, and the expectations are huge.

Auro, a 12 year-old with Progeria, a condition that physically ages the patient 5 times faster, lives with his Mum and Bum (grandmother). He doesn’t know who his Paa is, though he knows that he wanted to get Auro aborted, and hence hates him. Later, his mum tells him that the young and upcoming MP Amol Arte is his father. Without telling the MP the truth about their relation, Auro spends time with him, getting to know his Paa before his body clock runs out.

It is a novel story, and is not ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, though you may find Robin Adams’ ‘Jack’ in it. The screenplay lets the script down though. Was a dig at the media needed? It not only looks enforced, it has also not been executed well. The movie could also have been shorter by about 20-25 minutes.

This is Balki’s second film after Cheeni Kum, and he again displays the same maturity in handling an unconventional subject as he did in his debut. He manages to make the poor screenplay work to an extent as well. His advertising background shines through in the promotion of the film as well. The hype generated, the promos have all been pretty good. But like Cheeni Kum, the final third of the movie drags a bit. Infact, it drags more here than in Cheeni Kum.

Amitabh Bachchan needs to be applauded for taking on such a challenge as a producer and an actor. He pulls off the kid act with ease, and never do you realize that this is actually a 65 year old man and not a 13 year old kid. Vidya Balan packs quite a punch as Auro’s mother. She acts the part like a pro and looks very graceful as well.
Abhishek Bachchan is satisfactory. He tries too hard to seem like a ‘cool’ politician, and that hampers him. Being cool is different from sounding cool. Paresh Rawal is adequate. We finally see him in a different role than his usual hamming comic roles. Arundhati Nag as Auro’s grandmother is good. The child artiste portraying Vishnu, Auro’s friend has the wittiest lines in the entire movie.

The music of the movie is decent. Nothing more, nothing less. Same goes for the background score. The makeup team needs to be given a standing ovation for making Amitabh Bachchcan unrecognizable in his prosthetic makeup. The cinematography is top notch. The title sequence featuring Jaya Bachchan is an innovative idea.

Final Verdict: Paa is good in parts and decent overall. Watch it for Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan. 3 on 5.


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