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Father (2009)

Paa (original title)
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:

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Box Office

Budget:

INR 150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$199,228, 6 December 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$199,228, 6 December 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Amitabh Bachchan acts as a son, whose father is played by his son Abhishek Bachchan. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Although Amitabh Bachchan is a superstar, the opening credits read as 'introducing Amitabh Bachchan'. See more »

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Halke Se Bole
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by Swanand Kirkire
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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The father, the mother, the Auro... all is good but could've been better!
13 February 2010 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

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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