Paa is a simple film that is told in the most simplistic manner and that's one of the prime reasons why the film works big time. Paa scores in all the three departments namely editing, writing and music.
Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) is an intelligent, witty 13 year old boy with an extremely rare genetic defect named Progeria that causes accelerated ageing. Mentally, he is 13, very normal, but physically he looks five times older. Inspite of his condition, Auro is a happy boy. He lives with his mother Vidya (Vidya Balan), a gynaecologist, but is completely clueless about his father's identity. Till he meets him, Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan), who is a full of ideals politician.
Paa looks at the varied relationships so minutely. It may've been touted as a father-son film, but the women--mother and grandmother--play equally pivotal parts. Paa is not a typical Hindi movie that tries to gain sympathy. It's a very positive film with funny moments in plenty. Paa does not show Auro as ''different". He's one among the kids and there's no discrimination which is remarkable.
A firm salute to the director R. Balakrishnan for thinking out of the box and also presenting Amitabh Bachchan like never before. The writing may be erratic, but his handling of emotional scenes is exemplary. Make-up artists Christien Tinsley and Domini Till deserve the credit for making a veteran actor look like a kid and making Auro look so real.
No amount of praise, no amount of adjectives and personifications would do justice to Amitabh Bachchan's performance as Auro. Paa is something different from the other movies we've usually grown up watching Amitabh Bachchan. Paa does belong to Auro but Abhishek does not dither from his track idea. Vidya Balan takes a giant stride as an actor and proves again that if given right roles, she can match up to the best. Paresh Rawal is effective and so is Arundhati Nag. Jaya Bachchan's presence in the opening credit is lovely.
Paa is an amazing film which makes us realize the fact that the Hindi film industry is capable of narrating fresh stories.
On the whole, Paa strikes a chord with every Paa, Maa and just about everyone with a heart! On the ratings scale, a full five on five which means speechless!!