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Review by : Harish.V
Starring: : Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan.
Direction: Balki
Music: Ilayaraja
Production: A B Corp
Paa has been making the news ever since the first look of Amitabh Bachchan was released. With Cheeni Kum's director Balki directing the movie, Ilayaraja scoring the music and for the first time in the history of world cinema a real life dad-son in a role reversal just multi-folded the magnitude of the movie. Will this movie produced by Amitabh's own production company AB Corp please the audience?

Let’s make this clear, Paa is clearly the cutest crowd pleaser Bollywood has churned out in quite a while. It has its share of flaws but somehow it never seems big enough to notice.

The story is about a 13-year-old kid Auro who is suffering from a rare genetic disease Progeria, due to which the diseased would age 4-5 times faster than normal. Auro is a very intelligent kid who befriends an MP, Amol Atre, only to know later that Amol is his father. Vidya, Auro's mother is not ready to accept Amol in her life. Will Auro change Vidya's mind? Will Auro get his Paa? Find out in a theatre near you and don’t forget to take your entire family along.

Balki's story lacks the punch but his screenplay more than makes up for it. The biggest flaw in the movie is that it tried to be a kid’s movie but unnecessary political drama, media clashes and romance between Vidya and Amol and the drama after that just takes the focus off the main idea of being a movie about father-son relationship. But at the same time it never stops making you feel for Auro, his mother, his father and at the same time has a comical undertone all through. Balki has pulled of another feel-good movie but again misses in the climax as the required drama was unnecessarily extended thereby making it melodramatic. Please don’t miss the innovative title credits introduction, Vidya Balan's performance when she sees Amitabh suffers when he gets admitted the second time, Abhishek confessing in front of the media and several such gems are scattered all over the movie for us to relish on.

Technically, the movie is brilliant, with flawless cinematography from the master cinematographer P.C. Sreeram and exceptional lighting effects to complement the excellence behind the ARRI. Anil Naidu's dedicated editing enriches the movie even further. And a special work by the music maestro Ilayaraja, who with the songs impresses us all and with the background score which can easily be described as wordless poetry, lifts the movie to new levels.

Abhishek Bachchan as Amol Matre is in full form, he gives a heartening performance after Guru. Vidya Balan is a revelation; her performance can very well be described as the life of the movie. She makes even the simple scenes extremely special with just her eyes. Arundati Naag and Paresh Rawal are brilliant in the role they are bestowed with. And now comes the time to talk about Auro. When you think all the heights have been already achieved by the Shehenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan comes up with a blinder of a performance which will be talked upon and be taken as a benchmark for any performance to come henceforth from Bollywood or otherwise. Christien Tinsley and Domini Til's make up of Amitabh is sensational. Not even once do we think it is Amitabh who is inside all the layers of make-up but a real child is playing the role.

Overall, it’s a movie for everyone who wants to smile, who wants to cry and who wants to get entertained. An honest movie straight from the heart with a heart. Enjoy the Auro magic in the theaters and seeing it in a pirated version will be a sin committed to one of the greatest performer world has ever seen.

Verdict: Get submerged in Auro Magic

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