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Paa (2009)

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

Director:

R. Balki

Writer:

R. Balki
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Cast

Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Auro
Abhishek Bachchan ... Amol Arte
Vidya Balan ... Dr. Vidya
Paresh Rawal ... Mr. Arte
Arundathi Nag Arundathi Nag ... Vidya's mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saurabh Agarwal Saurabh Agarwal ... (as Saurabh Aggarwal)
Shikha Arora Shikha Arora ... Woman in Park
Rupali Arte Rupali Arte
Jaya Bhaduri ... Narrator
Divya Bhatia Divya Bhatia
Karan Bhiwandiker Karan Bhiwandiker
Sanjay Chauhan Sanjay Chauhan
Nimmit Daiya Nimmit Daiya ... Abhishek
Ramakant Dayma Ramakant Dayma ... Amol's Secretary (as Ramakant Dayama)
Dhruvin Doshi Dhruvin Doshi
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Storyline

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...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

4 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Father See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

INR150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$199,228, 6 December 2009

Gross USA:

$199,228

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$230,422
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Amitabh Bachchan's makeup/prosthetics as Aurol Arte took six hours to apply. See more »

Goofs

The Honda accord which Vidya owns shuffles between 2000 model and 2008 model throughout the movie. See more »

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Although appeared in over hundred films, the opening credits read Amitabh Bachchan as 'introducing', as he plays a child in the film. 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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The story of Auro, a 13-year old boy suffering from progeria. And the story of his Maa, and Paa. In true Bollywood style.
4 December 2009 | by satyanshu_singhSee all my reviews

Imagine this. R Balki arrives with his second film after Cheeni Kum (2007), starring Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal and introducing a twelve-year old child actor. We do not know this kid, although it is possible that he impresses us all after we see him perform. But does this essentially guarantee a bumper opening for the movie? Can we safely assume that the audience will come into the theatres? Now, take this. The entire cast and crew remains the same. And although it is indeed possible to find an immensely talented child artist and create the desired character using prosthetic make-up and voice modulation, the director decides to cast Amitabh Bachchan as the child. And he calls the film Paa. The result is for us to see, in the form of one of the most smartly promoted films of our time. This is what we call star power. This is what I admire about the phenomenon of a superstar. And this is what this film uses in the best possible way.

The film also uses the personality, and not the acting, of Abhishek Bachchan to create a gen-next politician, and we connect. It uses Vidya Balan to portray a strong, independent, modern Indian woman, and most importantly – a mother; and we connect. And it utilizes the human curiosity for the weird, our tendency to look at 'freaks' with wide eyes and held breaths, and converts that 'freak' into a warm, lovable and memorable character called Auro, and takes us into his world. It uses songs, melodrama and the Bollywood cliché to tell a story. It relies on the time-tested formula of emotional manipulation and succeeds in making the audience cry. It has decent production values, is marketed smartly and sold at cheap rates. The result is not a great, timeless, flawless piece of art. The result is a film that knows how to use the illusion of the medium. The result is a movie that moves.

The best thing about Paa is that it knows what it is doing. It does not claim to be 'socially relevant', and does not ask us to leave our brains home before coming to the theatres. Instead it asks us to bring our brains, our hearts, our entire selves, not excluding the 'curiosity for the weird' that we all have but fail to accept. It treats itself as a film for everyone, and successfully creates an entertaining cinema experience. In its attempt, it often gets inconsistent, but it never seems uncertain. It is an innovation, and yes, that it is, which is sure of itself, including how to sell itself. It is an innovation that does not go wasted, and that is indeed an achievement in the Hindi film scenario of today.

It has been a few decades now and Hindi cinema is desperately in the need for revival. For that to happen, if it ever happens, we need socially relevant cinema, we need cinema as works of art, we even need cinema with an international appeal, and with the guts to experiment . But what we need most is innovative ideas, true to Hindi cinema sensibility and tradition, not necessarily great in the absolute cinema-sense, but films which make people come, watch and connect. We need more films like Paa. I have no idea about how it is going to fare at the box-office. If it is a commercial success, my point would be proved beyond doubt. If it fails, well, I will try my best not to lose hope.


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