- "P"henomenal "A"mitabh's
Behindwoods Visitor DKP Ramakrishnan
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went to watch Amitabh starrer
‘Paa’ today and
to say in one word how I felt
Progeria - It's a rare disease
of aging where a child looks
like an old person and their
life ends around 13-14 years.
We are introduced to Auro (Amitabh)
from King Edwards School in
Lucknow in a function where
he receives an award for creativity
from Amol (Abhishek), Member
of Parliament. Amol and Auro
somehow develop an unlikely
and a different friendship.
Later Vidya (Vidya Balan) comes
to know about this and has a
flashback to think on, where
we are told that Amol and Vidya
were students from Cambridge
University and were in Love.
Later Vidya becomes pregnant
before marriage and Amol is
not in a situation to accept
her due to his future plans
in Indian politics. Vidya plans
to go back to India and later
gives birth to Auro who is affected
Now coming back, she tries to
let Auro know that Amol is his
father, but on Amol's birthday
she shows a photograph of them
together and reveals the truth.
What does Auro do? Does he unite
both of them? Did they live
happily post that? Watch it
on screen to know more.
Amitabh - We need not say anything
about this great actor, but
in this movie he is not Amitabh
but he is Auro. Too good is
a very small word to describe
his acing at this age of 67
- Truly Amazing performance.
He is witty, and scenes in the
school with his friends are
a real treat to
watch. He calls his grandma ‘Bum’
and when asked why he says "Yes, she's
got a big bum!" He travels with Abhishek
to Delhi and asks "What if a waterproof
bomb comes from gutter and is targeted when
you are sitting on a potty reading newspaper?
What will your bodyguards do?? Ha ha ha
Final scenes in hospital really make theatre
in pin drop silence and I could even see
few wiping their eyes out... A rare scenario
for a Bollywood movie..! Hats off to Amitabh..!
Vidya Balan - Extraordinary performance!
Scenes where she talks to Amitabh making
him feel comfortable and also breaking out
into tears when Abhishek comes to her with
an apology are well done. I would say this
movie will be a milestone in her career
Abhishek - Tries to come as a young and
promising politician and he has played his
part to a normal level. Some how I felt
he could have emoted more during climax
scenes, but yet again it would have become
more melodramatic. Pretty decent job by
him as well!
Arundathi - She's grandma of Amitabh and
her character is impressive as well.
School kids - Few of them who I do not remember
the names, but very well done. Each and
every scene in the school was enjoyed by
all of us.
Technical crew of director Balki has always
been an asset for him. He maintains the
same team of his earlier directorial venture
Camera - PC Sriram – It is again well
known and no need to write anything about
this man. His photography speaks..! A person
who was behind few of Mani Ratnam and Kamal
Haasan classics have yet again proved himself.
Scenes in Cambridge University are a Visual
Music - "Maestro" Ilayaraja -
In one of the promos/interview Balki said
it is Vintage Ilayaraja and yes he takes
this movie to a higher level.
Those who ask why Balki always chooses him
- watch this movie for the final 25 minutes
where you have very less dialogues and its
only expression and back ground score. Few
of his songs are his Tamil/Malayalam classics
which are evergreen..! It's a splendid performance
Finally director Balki - Good work and though
the movie is a bit long with some political
scenes and about media it's definitely worth
a watch and he has given a movie which would
take Amitabh to great heights..
My rating for Paa - 4 stars
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