Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Medium : Hindi
Starring : Amitabh Bachan, Abhishek Bachan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Ravel
Director : Balki
Music : Ilayaraja

Can you believe that a 67 year old actor has done the role of a 13 year old boy ? Anyway it happened in the hindi film industry and the credit goes to none other than Amitabh Bachan. The
new film 'Paa' has got Big B in such a different role. In his 40th year of filmi career, this old man had not lost his passion in acting. 'Paa' is written and directed by Balki, the director of Amitabh, Tabu starrer 'Cheeni Kum'. AB Corp and Reliance jointly produces this film.

'Paa' is the story of a brilliant boy named Auro (Amitabh), who studies in the city school. He has been suffering from a rare disease named Progeria (due to which the patient's appearance will be changed, he looks almost five times older and slowly his internal org
ans also damages with course of time). He stays with his mother (Vidya Balan) and grandmother. On an occasion, the young MP, Amol Arte (Abhishek) visits the school. Auro got a chance to receive an award from him and later develops a friendship in between them through the email. As per Auro's wish, he had agreed to take him to see the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. Due to some official difficulties, the MP can't come on time. Later, he said sorry to the desperate Auro and took him to Delhi, which helped to strengthen their relationship. In between, the mother told the son about his father, Amol Arte. While studying abroad, both were lovers, since he was having his own ambitions in the political field, he was not interested in marrying her and thus they got split. He is still not aware of the fact that Auro is his son. Auro, who is spending his last days in his life, became unconscious and was admitted to the hospital. MP visits the hospital and shocked to see his ex-lover there. What happens to their relationship is shown in the climax scenes.

As expected, the highlight of the film is the boy character. A
mitabh Bachan has done the role in an extra ordinary way. The make up for the particular character is also brilliant. It is not easy to spot out the actor, seeing his make up or the body language or the dialogue delivery. Since we are aware that this role is done by Bachan, such a task is not needed, otherwise it would be an impossible attempt.

The majority of the dialogu
es used by Auro had got a comedy touch. The mother-son chemistry has been neatly handled by the director here. Mother's attitude in caring his son and her deep affection towards the son is also touching. Vidya Balan gave her best performance here. The grandmother's (Arundathi Nag) role is also a lovable one. Abhishek Bachan had also done a good job as the clean politician.

Though the director might have included the MP's vision and his sympathy o
n the poor to justify his escapism from the heroine in the beginning, such things are also needed for the flow of the story. The climax scene might felt cinematic, but in such a situation it is also acceptable. The title sequences done by Jaya Bachan is a different attempt for such a theme.

Ilayaraja's background score gives the life for the film. PC Sreeram's cinematography is excellent. Editing is done by Anil Naidu. The make up team headed by Stephen Dupuis ('Mrs. Doubt
fire' fame, the film is the original version of 'Avvai Shanmughi'), are specially notable; they are on the top of the list for giving such an extraordinary output. Unlike from the movie 'Black', which also discussed the lead role as a diseased one, here director Balki had presented the film in a humorous way.

'Paa' is a different attempt from bollywood, where the performance of the old superstar who comes in the little boy's role is the highlight.

Rating : 8 / 10

1 comment:


it is not a different one but a great one...