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R. Balki (written by)
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Release Date:
4 December 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A very rare father-son son-father story...
Plot:
A politician's relationship with his unusually developed son - the child suffers from a disease that causes him to age rapidly, rendering him an old man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
10 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

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
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
 
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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Runtime:
133 min
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Trivia:
Amitabh Bachchan acts as a son, whose father is played by his son Abhishek Bachchan.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:
Gumm Summ GummSee more »

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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
You got to see this cinematic excellence., 6 December 2009
Author: bobbysing from India

"Paa" evidently proves that Bollywood has still not lost it all and we still have film-makers who can deliver movies at par with the other parts of the world. Yes, the story-idea may have been borrowed from Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack" and the make-up may remind you of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button". But at the same time, it's also true that "Paa" has nothing else related to these two names.

"Paa" certainly belongs to its director R. Balki and the phenomenon called Amitabh Bachchan. Just when everybody thought that this man has done it all, he comes up with an extraordinary and out of the world character named "Auro". What's even more astonishing in his portrayal is that you never find the real Amitabh Bachchan anywhere on the screen in those two hours. In the entire past comprising all his mammoth blockbusters, Amitabh has always been there as a Bollywood persona hidden in his on screen characters. But here is a movie where you know that there is Amitabh featuring in it, but you still can never feel him on the celluloid. He simply adopts a completely different soul minus his world famous style and baritone voice structure. And that's the magical spell, cast by the magician actor. Truly speaking, Amitabh literally sends every reviewer in search of new words to praise his impeccable and incomparable act of 'Auro' in "Paa".

Right from the first scene introducing "Auro" in his school function, the veteran actor makes you believe what you are seeing. He humbly forces every viewer in the theater to admit that he is watching the most accomplished actor of all times who has just walked beyond any number games and Bollywood Titles. Especially in the scenes where he is interacting with his kid friends in their own school lingo and in the emotional climax sequence inside the hospital, Auro goes on to set new benchmarks for the entire Indian Film Industry. Though the script has some unnecessary references of political activities and slums which could have been easily avoided, but the spotless performances of the entire cast don't let you ponder over these needless insertions and the movie goes on impressing you continuously.

Unexpectedly Amitabh is not the only one to watch out in the movie. He is superbly supported by three highly talented people in the cast lead by Vidya Balan as a tough mother who raises Auro on her own with the help of her mother. For Vidya's effortless performance, I would only like to say that in all these years of movie watching, she is the only female actress who reminded me of Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan and her flawless natural acting.To feel what I am trying to say, just carefully watch the scene where Vidya gives Auro her approval to visit Delhi. She exactly acts like Jaya in that particular scene.

Abhishek Bachchan as the truthful politician and father of 'Auro', delivers another polished act on the lines of his "Guru" and "Yuva". He comes up with a very controlled emotional performance and never tries to outshine any other person in the scene. Both Vidya and Abhishek share a very cozy chemistry on screen which actually helps a lot in enhancing the overall impact of 'Auro' on the viewers.

The third worth mentioning act comes from Arundhati Naag, who plays Vidya's mother and Auro's naani, whom he fondly calls as Bums. Her praise worthy act emerges as a strong pillar in addition to the other stalwarts present in the movie. Paresh Rawal again remembers his immense talent after few irresponsible acts in some brainless movies. Last but not the least come all the child artists in the movie, who are intelligent enough to understand the pain and suffering of their friend "Auro" and try to help him out wherever they can. It was really nice to see that 'Auro' was not being teased in his school as suggested by the promos. In fact it was very thoughtful to show all the kids having the empathy to feel the abnormality 'Auro' was born with.

Musically, the film has the maestro Illayaraja to give exactly what was needed as per the subject. His theme music is pleasant and his songs don't act as a hindrance in the narration. R. Balki very skillfully uses the songs in their short versions and in the background wherever needed. Dialogues are intelligent, witty and well written. Cinematography by P.C. Sreeram is remarkable. He brilliantly uses innovative camera angles to portray the character of "Auro" and his abnormal body structure. But what makes "Paa" so believable is the unimaginable make-up done by Christien Tinsley and Domini Till. Kudos to the duo to achieve this herculean task and hats off to Amitabh Bachchan for undergoing such a painful process in this age.

Honestly, the main highlight of the movie is that even when the story revolves around a diseased character with an abnormal behavior, the director is simply not interested in taking you onto an emotional journey at all. So, "Paa" is not just another tear jerker as expected by many. On the contrary it's a very enjoyable movie having many light entertaining moments with 'Auro' for everyone in the family. And for that the director R. Balki rightly deserves all the praises.

In short the movie is an amazing must watch experience for everyone still enjoying the gift of life at any age. It makes you realize the importance of all your days left in the count. And on the top it has a performance which can easily be kept along with any world class act by any actor in the entire globe. In other words, only one statement can match the unbelievably expressive and impressive act of Amitabh Bachchan in the movie.

He once again proves that at present he is the only "Big Paa" for the entire Indian film Industry.

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