Paa (2009) Movie Review and Story

PAA, comedy-drama movie starred by Amithab Bachchan, Abhisek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, and more directed by R. Balki, produced by Sunil Manchanda, and music by ILayaraja, encompasses the story of father-son relation and Mother’s invaluable love to son.

Starcast of Paa

Directed by : R. Balki

Produced by : Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sunil Manchanda

Starring : Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Paresh Rawal, Arundhati Nag

Written by : R. Balki

Music by : Ilaiyaraaja

Cinematography : P. C. Sriram

Edited by : Anil Naidu

Production company : MAD Entertainment Ltd, Amitabh Bachchan Corporation

Distributed by : Reliance Big Pictures

Release dates : 4 December 2009

paa movie review and story

Paa (2009) a Brief Story:

R. Balki’s “PAA” unfolds the story with Amol Arte’s (Abhishek Bachchan) visit at a school as a chief guest on the school event named “Visionary of India”. He is a young politician, precisely a member of parliament, who hopes to prove politics is not a dirty word and game as people attribute to it. Auro (Amithab Bachchan) comes under Amol’s notice when he perceives boundary less globe crafted by Auro. Auro is a Progeria sufferer – an extremely rare genetic defect that causes accelerated aging, so he looks eighty at his teen.

The moment when Vidhya (Auro’s mother) happens to see Amol on T.V screen, she recalls her relationship with Amol while they were at college. Inspite of Amol’s proposal for aborting a child for their successful career, motherly love resisted Vidhya to abort their child, and managed herself along with her mother’s support to deliver the genetic-defect child named Auro.

Auro’s E-Mail to Amol forces him not only to take a restraining order from high court stating that nobody can interfere Auro without his will and make him a piquant news on T.V but it also helps to germinate a seed of their father-son relation. Auro desires to see “Rastrapati Bhawan” with Amol but his inability to usher Auro to “Rastrapati Bhawan” in an exact time due to his political circumstances wrenches Auro’s heart. However at the second attempt he got a chance to visit Delhi along with Amol. Both of them spend two days in Delhi where Auro gets ample chances to comprehend his father about whom he has already been aware of from his Mother.

After their return from Delhi, the infirm child’s hospitalization on his last legs brings his father and mother together unveiling the secret of his father’s ( Amol) mistake of landing his sperm into mother’s (Vidya) womb able enough to make her his child’s mother.

Auro’s unconsciously nurtured hope to reconcile his parents ever since his mother reminded him about his father, turns out to be fruitful that provides him space enough to set up his journey from the elemental world to the sublime world with a contented face uttering two words from his heart’s core: P..A…A.. and M…A….A.

How I Perceive

Vidya lets me no chance to comment on her performance but makes me watch her being physically paralyzed on the seat till to the end of the movie. Her total effacement from bachelor Vidya Balan to all caring and all loving Auro’s mother, Vidya in fact marks her performance up to the height of maturation. The way she motivates her child towards positive path in a very soft, delicate and soothing voice compels me to assimilate it in my real life. She could do everything for her son if possible but how she could change the destiny of her frail child who passes away in hospital. Her affectionate, tearful and helpless eyes staring at her dead son being wordless to express her suffocation at his death on hospital bed easily carries anyone along with her sorrow. The way she releases her sorrow on the defenseless shoulders of Amol can be categorized as one of her best performances in the movie

Abishek is emotional as well as believable in the movie and carries the emotional scenes very carefully. His amiable behavior towards children specifically to Auro despite his title is adorable. His expression of happiness after sudden reorganization of his son is really impressive.

Abhisek’s son Amithab, just opposite to real life relation, appeals us to watch the movie for his magnanimous performance. His total transformation into Auro with unusual appearance, different voice, and childish behavior leaves no space besides stirring our mind. His way of giggling at anybody’s follies involuntarily closing his mouth with his hand draws our attention towards down to earth Auro. Projection of childish immaturity through his flawless performance on multiple scenes: naming his grandmother a BUM at public place, querying innocently and incessantly on irrelevant matters as father mother round and round and so on forbids us to divert our mind from Auro to Amithab. His multiple straight forward questions and the way of giving answer in short and straight way astonishes us due to his ignorance on social etiquette and makes us laugh till eyes fill with tears. Moreover childish stubbornness reflects vividly when he asks the driver to turn the moving car back at the short distance away from “Rastrya Pati Bhawan” to the hotel for insignificant reason at all. Significantly, it enchants us when he enjoys freedom keeping himself aloof from all the burden of the physical world.

His nasal but loud and throaty voice fits the genetic defect character to move the story forward in an entertaining way.

Auro fills anyone’s eyes with tears when one sees him struggling between life and death on his death bed with oxygen mask on his mouth staring at his parents eventually to bid farewell from his life forever. In short his metamorphose into Auro with “different look, different behavior, different body language and different language tone” proves him a precise actor for the award of National Film Awards For Best Actor.
Thus, his performance is the finest performance after BLACK.

In regard of the story, some unnecessary political issues seem to be embedded forcefully in the movie. However flawless performance compensates this flaw. Ilayaraja’s music in its best soothes us at the moment of excitement and sorrow specifically via “Gumn Sumn Gumn…….. and Mudhi Mudhi……” Directorial aspect is beyond imagination. From each and every corner the movie is the best.

Awards and Nominations

⇒ Paa movie on 57th National Film Awards :

– Best Actor – Amitabh Bachchan – won

– Best Supporting Actress – Arundathi Nag – won

– Best Feature Film in Hindi – won

– Best Make-up Artist – Christien Tinsley, Dominie Till – won

⇒ 55th Filmfare Awards :

– Best Actor – Amitabh Bachchan – Won

– Best Actress – Vidya Balan – Won

– Best Supporting Actress – Arundathi Nag – Nominated

– Best Movie – AB Corp Ltd. – Nominated

– Best Director – R. Balki – Nominated

⇒ Paa won 3 awards and nominated for 6 more categories on 11th IIFA Awards.

⇒ Paa won 6 awards and nominated for 9 more categories on 16th Star Screen Awards.