A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years.

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Auro
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Amol Arte
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Dr. Vidya
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Mr. Arte
Arundathi Nag ...
Vidya's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saurabh Agarwal ...
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Shikha Arora ...
Woman in Park
Rupali Arte
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Narrator
Divya Bhatia
Karan Bhiwandiker
Sanjay Chauhan
Nimmit Daiya ...
Abhishek
Ramakant Dayma ...
Amol's Secretary (as Ramakant Dayama)
Dhruvin Doshi
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Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) is an intelligent and witty 13-year-old boy with an extremely rare genetic defect that causes accelerated aging. He suffers from a progeria-like syndrome. Mentally he is 13, very normal, but physically he looks five times older. In spite of his condition, Auro is a very happy boy. He lives with his mother Vidya (Vidya Balan) who is a gynecologist. Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) is young, progressive and a full-of-ideals politician. He is out to prove to the world that 'politics' is not a bad word. He is a man with a mission. Auro is Amol's son. Written by Big Pictures

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A very rare father-son son-father story...

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INR 150,000,000 (estimated)

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$199,228 (USA) (4 December 2009)

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$199,228 (USA) (4 December 2009)
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Amitabh Bachchan won his 4th National Award for the film, he earlier won for Best Newcomer in Saat Hindustani (1969), Best Actor for Agneepath (1990), Black (2005) and then for Paa (2009). See more »

Goofs

During the return of Amol and Auro from Delhi, When they are on Plane stairs You can easily spot that the other Engine of Plane is covered with Red Cloth. Which means Plane was just standing there for long time. See more »

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Although Amitabh Bachchan is a superstar, the opening credits read as 'introducing Amitabh Bachchan'. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Jack (1996) See more »

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Udhi Udhi Ittefaq Se
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by Shilpa Rao
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Loving simple tale of unison of estranged parents
20 September 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Loving simple tale of unison of estranged parents

The movie is full of witty, kid dish conversations between a 12 year old boy and others, the others range from his own dad to his toy. Splendid camera captured the entire emotions, funny things and also the love so refreshingly. Editing is precise except for a couple of sequences (both are related to politics), where it seemed that the director is enforcing his idea of 'cool' politician.

Now, the acting is one thing that has to be surely appreciated by almost all who have acted except one, that's Abhishek Bachchan, I request him to learn acting or do it or just get off the screen and give screen space to better actors. The acting of Vidya Balan is top notch but the real stealer is Amitabh, agreed, that the makeup, voice, teeth, eyes were deliberate attempts to make him look like a progeria affected child, but the performance delivered is one that is surely world class. Full marks to Amitabh for bringing the actor from within and becoming a child at 68 years of his life and giving a wonderful treat of performance.

The characterization was simple, but some incidents were surely stretched out. Father is a politician who denies becoming a father as he seeks his personal aspirations over becoming a father, its fine. Mom is gynecologist is also fine. Son is a progeria affected child. Now, these are characters existing in reality But, the point is how father meets the child and learns the truth and how, he is united with his lost love. Simple, but the meeting was a deliberate and amateurish attempt to begin such a story, nevertheless it had to start at some point and so it did, and once the protagonist was introduced, the entire thing was an engaging watch full of humor (it's not cynical or sarcastic but plain and dry) that's the stand out selling point. One dialogue in which the kid is asked 'What does your mom and do?" to which he replies "Bas bachhe paida karte hai" is worth the money.

Despite the evident flaws in the movie, it is worth a watch just for it's simplicity and no nonsense method. Director Balki, I wish sticks to such stuff and keeps churning these kind of movies more and kudos for trying this in an earnest way. Highly recommended - 4/5.


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