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4 December 2009 (USA) See more »
A very rare father-son son-father story...
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 »
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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
Gaurav Bose .... visual effects producer
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
Gauri Shinde .... special thanks

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133 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Jaya Bhaduri called out the credits at the beginning of the movie. Ironically, this was done by her husband Amitabh Bachchan for her film Bawarchi (1972).See more »
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 »
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The father, the mother, the Auro... all is good but could've been better!, 13 February 2010
Author: Peter Young from Earth

R Balki directs 'Paa', a film I was very interested to watch. At first, the promos did not impress me and I expected to see a pretentious film at best, but the positive reviews and several recommendations made me finally catch this one. The film was a pleasant surprise: nice and simple, but somehow I still expected something else. R Balki did a very good job in terms of both writing and direction. The film's story is well-written and told, the execution is steady, and the dialogues are witty and light. But at some point I did feel that something was missing there. Don't know what. Maybe something in the portrayal of Auro's relationship with his mother could have been better done, though I liked how Balki portrayed his friendship with school kids, particularly a boy named Vishnu.

Bachchan's casting in the role of Auro, which created a lot of buzz and curiosity pre-release, was brave and bold, but frankly speaking, it would have been more interesting to see a child actor playing Auro. I say that while considering the many young talents in the industry who could have easily been suitable for the part. Bachchan is somewhat overly tall for the role and since all of us know Auro is played by the great Amitabh Bachchan, it reduces the level of credibility in the film's authenticity, and many may feel it was made to showcase his greatness and to evoke such reactions as "wow! He plays his son's son!"

But Bachchan does not disappoint. He manages to make Auro a likable character with his under-toned line delivery, expressive eyes and simplicity. A lesser actor of his age could have played the role in an overly childish manner with exaggerated mannerisms and noticeable attempts to overdo and emphasise the character's young age and disease symptoms. But not Bachchan. Hardly recognisable under this heavy mask of make-up, he naturally transforms into a little, intelligent kid of our times and is thoroughly convincing.

Abhishek Bachchan, playing his real-life father's father is strictly okay in a role that is not very deep or demanding but still contributes to the film significantly. Vidya Balan is excellent as Vidya, the caring and loving mother who is also an assertive and independent career woman. Balan acts with grace and restraint and she is natural and compelling throughout. And she is absolutely stunning in her traditional Indian looks. Arudhati Nag is fine and effective as Vidya's supportive mother. The child who plays Auro's best friend Vishnu is simply adorable. I particularly liked a scene in which Auro and Vishnu have a phone conversation, and Vishnu sharply criticises his father. That was hilarious!

Coming to the music, Ilayaraja composes a lovely, classical and joyful soundtrack for the film which gives it a very light and feel-good mood. The editing and the cinematography are well-done. Towards the end, 'Paa' is a bit emotional. It neither made me shiver nor tear, but it still was efficient and moving. I recommend you to watch 'Paa' with family or friends. Do not plan to either hate or love it. If you watch the film trying to ignore this wow factor, you will definitely enjoy it and will probably be able to appreciate Balki's efforts to make a lightly dramatic episode about one young boy and his relationships rather than a socially educative film on progeria. Just enjoy this witty, interesting and refreshing piece.

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