Paa Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:37:37.0630000 IST


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Despite being luminary in South Indian cinema, maestro Ilaiyaraja, a prodigy hasn't been success story in Hindi cinema with two consequential breakthroughs SADMA (1983) and ANJALI (1990) to his credits in all these years. Ironically speaking, both these flicks had child mental disability as its subject and almost after two decades, he composes for PAA, flick carrying Big B in child caricatured character. Despite low phases (SHIVA -2006), (MUMBAI EXPRESS -2005), he showed power of his genius in R. Balki's unconventional romantic comedy CHEENI KUM (2007) with a couple of cheeky "n" cherubic melodious compositions. He is back again with R Balki's path-breaking social entertainer PAA. The flick got attention-grabbing with Big B donning peculiar bald look to play child character suffering from "progeria" (premature aging) syndrome.

It made news for its international standards in costumes and make-up and the highlight of the show was combo of two Bachchan's together again. Sixty seven year old Amitabh has rendered peculiar song in juvenile tones of 13 year boy ("Auro") has been historic newsmaker and its violin driven theme piece has been benchmarking flick's presence in the marquee. Can the historic communion and valiant efforts of these two stalwarts (Big B and Illaiyaraja) be sufficient to deliver out musical success? Like TAARE ZAMEEN PAR (2007), can PAA be rare successful feat in child-entertainer genre? Let's find this out...

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It's breezy romanticism paced in subtle innocence of meeting beloved that surfaces out with blooming emotions in rock-cum-jazz maneuvers in melodically feminine "Mudhi Mudhi Ittefaq Se". Illaiyaraja's composition is synchronized to perfection with violin notes, guitar riffs camouflaging appreciably with jazz elements, percussions to sensitize out demure romantic sentiments. Shilpa Rao's sultry ooze in low octaves varying with changing moods permeates into fine textured jazz decorum in wordings that are concentrically jumbled ("Udi udi han udi, main phir udi udi, Ittefaq se, Judi judi haan judi, mein phir, judi judi ittefaq se...) in its rendition. Swanand Kirkire's lyrics befit to the "cold-nerve" innocent love communion and it finds a way with this beautiful synchronization of instrumentals that gels with nimble-paced vocals.

The second version "Udi Udi Itefaq Se", again by Shilpa Rao works on similar musical parameters with slightly different tempo but with similar appeal.
Shaan sings out deeply the third version "Gali Mudhi Ittefaq Se, a mellowed one with minimal orchestral works emoting out with soothing undertones of innocent love. All three versions carry romantic heart to make waves in narrative twists and adding to the love quotient of this kid-friendly unconventional saga.

"Gumm Summ Gumm", a delectably paced melody coming in format of nursery rhyme brings out orchestral genius of Ilaiyaraja with innocent vocals mixing well in tandem. K. Bavatharini's impressive vocals are preachy cum smoothening that gets into "kiddies" rhyming with Shravan's cherubic voice, adding positive vows. It unravels to heart of the child and reminisces out couple of impressive motivational numbers like "Kholo Kholo" and "Bheja Kum" (TAARE ZAMEEN PAR -2007) where child-mentality is amicably handled with well penned words. K. Bavatharini's voice is remarkable in softer sentimental hues but it's the well synchronization of instrumentals (piano and violin) in latter and middle interludes that gives it refined narrative edges.



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Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till turn a 66-year-old-plus Amitabh  to a very believable 13-year-old with their prosthetic make-up. And Amitabh, with his walking, talking and body language draws you even closer to Auro creating that Aura. Nothing flashy. He just delivers his lines like any, normal 13-year-old would.

Really, this movie is all about Auro and a kid that explodes from Amitabh. Vidya Balan is sedate and super in her role as the caring single mother. Abhishek is solid as the politician who will not let anything come between his dreams and Auro's friend, Vishnu is a treat.

Not much was revealed of the story before the release and I too will not spoil it for you by saying much. All I can say is that the end will have you reaching out for the kleenex.

Yes, Abhishek is his Paa. Yes, it's a rare father-son-son-father story. Yes, I think the makers should also consider putting a proposal to making PAA tax free. Also every paa should take his family for this movie.

Paa kasam, this film will rock you.

Rating - 4/5


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ZANJEER broke the shackles after 13 consecutive flops. AGNEEPATH was an experiment that had a class of its own. BLACK broke all barriers and now comes PAA. Let's give a standing ovation to the man who dominated the 80s and 90s and continues to surprise with his talent and willingness to subject himself to roles that require make-up for a complete change in appearance. Mr Amitabh Bachchan, for you Sir... the applause refuses to die off...

Playing a 13-year-old with a rare disease which causes him to age before time, Amitabh is class personified. Displaying an amazing flair and getting into character is like a cake-walk for him as Progeria (the disease he suffers from) ravages his tiny body. A special child with special abilities, Auro immediately makes a special place in your heart as you follow his short and brilliant life.

No self pity, just full of masti a kid his age would be. Auro has friends who form his support system apart from his mother (Vidya Balan) and his grandma who he lovingly calls 'Bum'

R Balakrishnan (aka R Balki) has tackled a very complex subject and has brought out the beauty of relationships in a very forceful manner without even one relationship in the movie going over the top. Be it the relationship between Vidya and Auro; Auro and his Bum, Auro and his friends or even Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) and his dad (Paresh Rawal). Though centered around Auro and his disorder, Balki manages to draw all relationships to the fore.

Balki also manages to throw a positive light on sticky issues. Although he gets the point of the over-enthusiastic media, use of condoms, abortion and the political angle in, he does not sound preachy.



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Christien Tinsley and Dominie Till turn a 66-year-old-plus Amitabh  to a very believable 13-year-old with their prosthetic make-up. And Amitabh, with his walking, talking and body language draws you even closer to Auro creating that Aura. Nothing flashy. He just delivers his lines like any, normal 13-year-old would.

Really, this movie is all about Auro and a kid that explodes from Amitabh. Vidya Balan is sedate and super in her role as the caring single mother. Abhishek is solid as the politician who will not let anything come between his dreams and Auro's friend, Vishnu is a treat.

Not much was revealed of the story before the release and I too will not spoil it for you by saying much. All I can say is that the end will have you reaching out for the kleenex.

Yes, Abhishek is his Paa. Yes, it's a rare father-son-son-father story. Yes, I think the makers should also consider putting a proposal to making PAA tax free. Also every paa should take his family for this movie.

Paa kasam, this film will rock you.

Rating - 4/5

Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Arundhati Naag.
  • Lyrics: Swanand Kirkire
  • Director: R. Balakrishnan (Balki)
  • Music Director: Ilaiyaraja
  • Release Date : 04 Dec 2009

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