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R. Balki (written by)
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Release Date:
4 December 2009 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A very rare father-son son-father story...
Plot:
A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Balki's astounds with simplicity and realism - Big B commands.. See more (50 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
R. Balki 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
R. Balki  written by

Produced by
Sunil Manchanda .... producer
Mahesh Ramanathan .... co-executive producer
Rajesh Sawhney .... executive producer
Marathe Swanand .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Ilayaraja (music director) (as Ilayaraaja)
 
Cinematography by
P.C. Sreeram 
 
Film Editing by
Anil Naidu 
 
Casting by
Richa Kapur 
 
Production Design by
Sunil Babu 
 
Art Direction by
Kiran Khanna 
Vaishnavi Reddy 
 
Makeup Department
Robin Myriah Hatcher .... special makeup effects production coordinator
Natasha Nischol .... prosthetics makeup artist
Dominie Till .... hair stylist
Dominie Till .... makeup department head
Christien Tinsley .... designer and creator: special makeup effects
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects crew: Tinsley Transfers Inc.
 
Production Management
Sachin Agarwal .... location production manager
K.S. Ravindran .... production team
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abhishek Dogra .... assistant director
Abhishek Dogra .... first assistant director
Ranjit Govind .... assistant director
Suganndha Mehrotra .... assistant director
Jagan Shakti .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Madhura Gokarn .... assistant art director
Ashwini Kale .... assistant art director
Kiran Khanna .... construction coordinator
Jerad Marantz .... concept artist
 
Sound Department
Hitendra Ghosh .... re-recording mixer
Rhitwik Raj Pathak .... associate re-recording mixer
Sreejesh .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Allison Oliver .... special effects technician
Prasad Patel .... compositing
 
Visual Effects by
Yatin Bhave .... digital compositor
Satyendra Chaturvedi .... roto & cleanup
Santosh Choudhary .... smoke artist
Danish Davis .... digital compositor
Swapnil Hirave .... roto & cleanup artist: Prime Focus
Anish Holla .... render wrangler/render support
Paras Kawa .... digital compositor
Ashutosh Khandelwal .... rendering artist
Swapnil Kulkarni .... cleanup artist
Suryakant Mahunta .... digital compositor
Sameer Malik .... senior compositor
Stephen Mascarenhas .... head of production visual effects
Aziz Merchant .... cleanup artist
Vishram Mondkar .... visual effects artist
Prasenjit Mukherjee .... roto/paint artist
Prasenjit Mukherjee .... visual effects artist
Susheel Peris .... visual effects supervisor
Virendra Prajapati .... compositor
Chandrachur Roy .... motion graphics artist
Ankur Sachdev .... digital compositor
Swapnil Shahane .... rendering artist
Shyam Shrivastava .... cleanup artist
Suryaji Suryavanshi .... digital compositor
Merzin Tavaria .... visual effects supervisor
Parikshit Tyagi .... compositor
Anuj Upadhyay .... digital compositor
Anu Verma .... motion graphics artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rashid Jam .... key grip
Rajesh Madaan .... focus puller
Simon Priestman .... jimmy jib operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chetna Rawat .... assistant costume designer (as Chetna Kapoor)
 
Editorial Department
Rohan Desai .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Music Department
Amitabh Bachchan .... playback singer
K. Bavatharini .... playback singer
Sunidhi Chauhan .... playback singer
Swanand Kirkire .... lyricist
Bhavatharani R. .... playback singer
Shilpa Rao .... playback singer
Shravan Rathod .... playback singer (as Shravan)
Shaan .... playback singer
 
Other crew
Nikki Anand .... post production assistant
Bruce Patel .... production coordinator
 
Thanks
Gauri Shinde .... special thanks
 

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133 min
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Trivia:
This film was inspired by Jack (1996), making it the second film to star the Sr.-Jr. Bachchans that has been based on a Francis Ford Coppola film. The first was Sarkar (2005), which was based on The Godfather (1972).See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: During the "Mudi Mudi" song sequence covering Vidya and Amol's meeting and courtship in Cambridge, there are a number of close-ups of Brasenose Lane. Brasenose Lane is in Oxford, not Cambridge.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
AuroSee more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Balki's astounds with simplicity and realism - Big B commands.., 20 December 2009
Author: kunalkhandwala from United States

Remember those legendary ads that mostly define the finest works of advertising on Indian television? From most of Hindustan Lever's products to Bajaj, Tata, IDEA and many more; to his last film, 'Cheeni Kum', R. Balki has proved to be one of the best creative directors and ' ad film' makers we have today. Now, with 'PAA', he proves to be one of the best film makers. Period.

The tale of a love-struck couple's careless encounter, a man's ambitious plan for his life against a woman's sacrifice while raising her child with a supportive mother leads us to a prodigal son- 'Auro' . While Auro's rare and incurable disability of 'Progeria' seems like a tragic foundation for a story whose characters are enacted by Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Amitabh Bachchan, R. Balki's writing and direction walks the sword's edge of realism to give us a funny, entertaining, witty , heartwarming and endearing film.

PAA is enriched with subtlety, reality, simplicity and stuff that comes straight from the heart. The last quality is especially depicted on screen through the sincere performances by Vidya Balan, Abhishek Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Arundhati Nag. However, there is no superlative adjective in the dictionary for what Amitabh Bachchan has done and achieved in this film. It would suffice to say that even after reading such praise about his performance, you would still be unnervingly surprised after you watch him. To enact a child is one thing but to enact him when he has a genetic disorder that makes him 4 times older than he actually is.... now that's 'performace'. Without the use of ultra-modern technology, R. Balki, with the aid of some outstanding talent in make-up, sound recording, cinematography, music (Illayaraja), screenplay and that of his own writing and directing skills, has generated a marvel that without a doubt sets his work at par with Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 'Anand' .

Amol Atre is now an MP who is out to change the image of politics while working more 'for the people'. His political ideology is what we would really hope to see in real politicians. Although one may accuse Balki of over-indulgence in the entire slum-rehabilitation campaign of Amol's to digress from more fun moments of Auro's life, it still remains under control because it does not lead to boredom. Although, it may have been a better fit for the 'Sarkar' movies.

Vidya's journey through being an ambitious young student to a mature and composed un-wed mother is depicted with surprising ease. Her portrayal of the loving and understanding mother who has accepted the reality of progeria's tragic curse is wonderful. Here is one actress who has proved yet again that she can play characters far better than those who play 'roles'.

Although Paresh Rawal and Arundhati Nag have a limited role, they portray their characters immaculately. Watch them closely when their characters have to play awkward parts. Grandmom playing a video game and Paresh Rawal convincing Auro that his time isn't up yet for him.

Among the more brilliant bits of the film are in school. The presence of a child suffering from Progeria who displays all traits of a normal child his age is so naturally convincing that it looks too smooth. Auro's friends are understanding yet playful and comfortable in the presence of this witty lad. Watch out for Auro's telephone conversation with his buddy Vishnu- the most hilarious scene of the year! Also, the explanation on the necessity of Algebra in Mathematics..... It is only after you reach home from the theater that you realize that the funniest scenes of the year, which were rendered by a kid, were actually by Amitabh Bachchan.

Moments shared by Amol and Auro are funny, witty and non-confrontational while the beauty of the film lies in the moments shared between Auro and Vidya. It's only when all three are together in the hospital that the film turns into a quintessential bollywood melodrama but far from the drag of 'Kal Ho Na Ho'. Balki uses music only in the background without disrupting the story's progress and Illayaraja delivers a fine theme for the movie that is lively. With witty humour and a subtle message just like in 'Anand', PAA reminds us to live your life to the fullest, no matter what you have at your disposal. It is an enriching experience that is heartwarming and with an endearing rendition of Big B's little 'Auro'.

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