Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Arundhati Naag, Paresh Rawal
Cinematography: PC Sreeram
Direction: R. Balakrishnan
Production: AB Corps Ltd
Duration: 2 hours 14 minutes
Go with your friends or family or alone, it does not matter as Paa is a worth watch with anyone. Although you do expect the tragedy somewhere near the climax and some sentimental moves throughout the movie, Paa has got much to more to love along with its drolly-named central character. Amitabh Bachchan is truly not recognizable in his role as Auro and not over the top director R. Balakrishnan has endured the message about Progeria without much upheaval.
The movie opens up with a somewhat mellow and motionless first half that brightens up sporadically when Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) comes into the scene at an award function in school, wherein, the young, friendly and upcoming neta, Abhishek Bachchan, meets up Auro. This sends Vidya (Vidya Balan) into the flashback mode showing that the neta as the father of her child and left her alone to deal with her own unwanted pregnancy, for the only reason that he wanted to change the world. Vidya, a typical woman, not only tackled with her pregnancy but also raised the child lovingly, even after knowing that her child had a genetic disorder that was setting him off to age prematurely. Vidya and her mother (Arundhati Naag) fostered a normal and caring world around the young boy who loved mirchi, computers and King Kong and hated kichdi. All this was flowing normal until the award function after which Auro unknowingly befriends the neta, his dad, and asks him for a trip to the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Time runs out and Auro discovers that the newly bound buddy is actually his dad and tries to rebuild his family and set up a bond with his dad.
Amitabh is truly outstanding throughout the movie. Though, Abhishek Bachchan looks great with his natty attitude of the young neta, Vidya Balan has stolen the plot by lending a rare dignity, with her controlled emotions and calm grace, to the image of Bollywood Mom. The only actor, who seems to be casted pointless is Paresh Rawal in the role of Abhishek’s Dad. The music by Ilaiyaraaja flows smoothly throughout the movie and the picturesque cinematography by PC Sreeram is surely something not to be missed out. The chuckle-and laugh screenplay and some excellent acting has truly made Paa a worth watch.
Delectably, the movie shoves off all the sentimental and emotional moves with delicacy and subtleness. The audiences do feel some gentle tugs in their heart, but it gets off within a second with Auro’s witty one-lines on life, love and longing.