Paa Movie Review

Paa is one of the most anticipated films of the year due to several reasons

  • Paa is directed by R Balki who directed the critically acclaimed Cheeni Kum (2007).
  • Amitabh Bachchan as Auro, suffering from a rare premature aging disease called Progeria.
  • Abhishek playing father and Vidya Balan mother to Amitabh Bachchan in the film.

With expecatations of a classic, Paa co-produced by Amitabh Bachchan’s home-production AB Corp on a budget of 14.75 crores, also stars Paresh Rawal and has music composed by Ilaiyaraja.

About Progeria

Progeria is a very rare (one in 8 million) genetic condition, with the most visible symptom being aggressive aging. The disease is terminal and those suffering from Progeria on an average live for about 12 – 13 years.

Other visible symptoms of the disease include wrinkled skin, fragile bodies with a large head, abnormal growth and loss of hair. Currently there are close to 100 known patients worldwide suffering from the disease and 10 of them are from India.

Story

Paa isn’t about the illness but more about a boy (Auro – Amitabh Bachchan) and his family. Auro is a 13 year old suffering from Progeria. Mentally he is his age but physically looks like a 70 year old man. He lives with his mother Vidya (Vidya Balan), who is a doctor. His father Amol (Abhishek Bachchan) is a politician. The movie is about their relationship, struggles, emotions and a lot more.

The review will be short, revealing much would kill your Paa experience. Wait for the more detailed “Best Scenes in Paa” article after the weekend.

Paa Review

Paa is a well written and directed film, with adequate amount of emotions, fun and fabulous performances. The second half is brilliant with enough in it to keep you hooked. But the film suffers from a comparatively weaker first half. The pre interval portions deal with Abhishek’s political career and his rivalries, not exactly what you expect while walking in with expectations of a touching father-son tale.

But the second half more than makes up for it and its this half that makes Paa a tremendously satisfying watch. Watch out for the tear-inducing sequences involving Auro and also those light hearted moments all of which are written, executed and performed to perfection.

The music is average. The ‘Mere Paa’ track is good. The makeup by (Domini Till, Christien Tinsley) deserve special mention for turning Bachchan into a realistic looking Progeria patient.

Coming to the performances, Amitabh Bachchan delivers inarguably the best performance of the year. While I would still rate Black a notch higher, Paa is pure brilliance from a legend who is by far the best actor in the industry. Abhishek Bachchan is good, and so are Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal. But the senior Bachchan’s character is such that it easily out shines the others.

Overall, Paa had potential to be a much better film than it turned out to be. Watch it for the powerful second half and an award worthy performance by the legendary Bachchan.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Box office

The business should be best at multiplexes and since the costs are low, Paa should recover its investment in a week or two. Universal acceptance like Taare Zameen Par is unlikely.

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231 Comments

  • JUST WATCHD PAA.MY SHORT REVIEW CRITCALLY 3STAR ENTERTAINMENT WISE 3STAR OVERALL 3STAR.THE MOVIE WAS WEEKER THAN TZP BUT BETTER THAN KURBAN…2ND HALF IS VGUD..

  • TOP 5 PICKS THIS YEAR: 1:DEV D 2:GULAL 3:LOVE AAJ KAL 4:KAMINEY 5:ALL THE BEST and i am sure Rocket singh(shimit amin-jaideep sahni combo) nd 3 idiots wil the next best bets

  • Sahil already answered on the first comments page..

    Watched Paa once again.. Its not a patch on Taare Zameen Par, remove Amitabh Bachchan out of it and its nothing more than a average fare..

    Its Bachchan and his performance alone that makes Paa a good watch.. Too many flaws to mention, re-review will be up tomorrow..

    Sudeep before you make statements like “mr.amitabh bachan….he is senior n even movie is not worth watching they give……” Please go watch the film and then comment. This performance would be right up there as the best of the decade along with Hrithik in KMG and Bachchan himself in Black..

  • Just watched PAA.
    from My side 2 Points..Thats also only for Amitabh & Vidya.
    Abhishek carrier graph is again going Down. Thats what i feel.
    Paresh is wasted…I dont know why he accepted this Role.

    OVERALL THE MOVIE IS WORTH WATCHING ONLY THE LAST 30 MINS.

  • indicine according to u wt r the top five movie of dis year till nw !!! does paa/kurbaan top d list!! wt abut top five disappointment of ds year!!

  • Film music is not about songs although in Indian movies it is a factor. Background score is where the focus for film music has to be . No one comes close to Illayaraja in background scores (or for that matter in songs). Paa score is outstanding. One needs knowledge of music (raags, symphony, point, counter point, scales, chords etc) to review music.

  • i thing paa going to b the biggest hit movie of the year at at end of the yr
    so go n see big b fantastic performance in paa a grt indian actor show all his talent wat he can give
    n i belive this going 2 b big b one of the most hit movie forever

  • I watched paa yesterday n loved that movie so much…….Amitabh ji was tremendous as auro,similarly abhishek also done a great jo as youn politician…..vidya was also good as auro’s Mother…….On the whole Paa Is must wathced movie of 2009……
    4/5 is my rating for Paa….

  • paa is getting good reviews only because of amitabh bachan acting , rest the movie is not upto the mark, and i think business will be just average

  • Paa Struggles On First Day De Dana Dan Good First Week

    Saturday 5th December 2008 09.00 IST
    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Paa opened to a poor response on its first day and evening collections did not jump as was expected. High end multiplexes in places like Mumbai and Bangalore did manage an up tick and evening collections were 60-65% but overall there was not a major turnaround with first day finishing at around 40% at multiplexes and 20-25% at single screens. The reports are fantastic and now it remains to be seen if the outstanding reports translate into good collections on Saturday and Sunday.

    Radio is a very poor with first day figures around the 20% mark at multiplexes and single screens recording very low collections. The film has little chance at the box office.

    De Dana Dhan had a good first week of around 33 crore nett. Multiplexes collections in metroes fell on Monday while other places started falling on Wednesday. Despite a solid first week it remains to be seen how well the film can go from here. It should emerge at least an Average fare but Hit status may be a step too far.

    Kurbaan fell in week two with collections around 4 crore nett in week two The two week total is around 24 crore nett. FLOP

  • Gurvinder– think u r new on this site….;) ppl ask proof here if u just write somethin so i post it directly so tat dey can cross check it….;)

  • @amish

    yes bro i am new to this site, thats why I wrote that, actually i am regularly following boxofficeindia.com and indicine, so i felt that way

    @indicine

    indicine team why are u not posting reviews of radio

  • PAA is a great movie, which will be nominated for oscars and hopefully, grabs award for amitabh bachan for best actor and R Balki for best direction.

    But foreign directors who doesnt deserve to achieve oscar awards for showing our slum life in mumbai.
    basically, they are not eligible for that to be frank.
    ITS embarrassing for those indians who are being recognized by such a movie outside the india. S*IT !!!!

    Moreover, I can rate it 5/5 for PAA.
    ONE WHO HAVE A HEART, LOVE, KIND will definitely like this movie. I BET EVERYONE WHO HAS WATCHED THIS MOVIE HAS CRIED ATLEAST ONCE. BE HONEST ON YOUR PART.

    thanks for giving a chance to share or review such a good movie with all others who are misleading audiences from watching it.

  • the movie that showed slum life in india is slum dog millionare.
    i was comparing slum dog vs PAA.
    encourage indians to achieve great awards not those slum dog millionare foreign teams.

    k thanks.

  • PAA– average stuff.. nothin great…

    But wat was d logic in Jaya bachhan announcin d names…;) it was like takin a class for blind…;)
    may be they wanted d whole bacchan pariwar in d movie..;) if so dey could `ve arranged an item song for bahu aishwarya…;)

    It was very fuuny wen Vidhya`s mom was keepin on askin her– batao, tumhe ye bachha chahiye ya nahi..;) almost 6-8 times ha ha

  • @INDICINE-thanx for that.certainly mr bachhan saved the movie.but i highly doubt whether it will emerge as a hit.But they can certainly recover their money….INDICINE,WHAT R THE CRITERIAS U TAKE WHILE GIVIN A HIT STATUS TO THE MOVIE…i mean should it collect the double amount of its budget to emerge as hit???

  • Radio.. Why simply bash a movie that not many are going to watch anyway.. It was one of the worst of 2009.. 0 stars..

    Anyone still interested in the review? We’ll put it up :)

  • Payal– r u interested in himesh?? bcoz ppl r not…;) many of radio shows got cancelled.

    If Indicine puts a review hw many do u think r gonna visit tat page? So dey dont post reviews of such movies..;)

  • Regarding Paa– i really felt abhishek did a gud job…:) especially being a politician..

    Tat gal who says sorry to Auro at d end s so cute….:)

    Big-B has done an excellent job…:) but u do get a bit bored of Auro after some time..

    Ending was typical filmy way…..;)

  • @indicine team

    There is no logic in saying that the movie is bad so we wont post its reviews, I am not a fan of himesh or something like that but I want to know that how you and many people who saw the movie felt abt it

  • Heard the music of rocket singh?
    Here is a review
    the music was released yesterday on 4th of dec. Its very rare to release the music just a week before hitting the theatres. The music is composed by salim sulaiman. And its really not appealing for the first time you hear it. The album has 3 fresh songs and rest all are taken from yashrajs previous flicks like bachna e haseeno ,tashan. Whats the use of taking so much time when the result is this?
    1) Pocket me rocket sung by benny dayal, the one who sung ‘kaise mujhe’ from ghajini
    is just ok type, a party kinda number with poor lyrics
    2) gadbadi hadbadi by vishal dadlani is avg. Vishal isn’t aggressive in his tone as in kurbaan’s title track
    3) pankhon ko by salim merchant is a soothing number resembles like a song from tare zameen par ‘tu dhup hai’ but only to a certain extent and is nt par with it

    and rest like khuda jane, lucky boy, small town girl, dil haara r repetition. Very surprising. Why they have been included in the album.

    Expectations were definitely high but music is just avg when wen we compare it with salim sulaimans previous works like fashion, rab ne bana di jodi, luck and kurbaan. The music doesn’t seem to a strength wen its only a week left for its release.
    COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER
    2/5

    do tell ur opinion ppl.
    Payal

  • Payal– not interested in its music… but i feel movie `ll be gud… :) Ranbir s gud with comedy so…;)

    tat ad wer he says 35% with grace marks s very funny….;)

  • Amish- i 2 hope that the movie is gud. But they haven’t publicised and thats the biggest drawback. We cn sideline the music 4 a while bt then poor publicity cn hamper its collections

  • Payal– yaar tat movie `ll have a limited release like Wake up sid i guess…

    Adding to it Twilight-New moon s comin on d same day… Which broke d records of Dark knight worldwide…

    So tough luck i guess… only advantage being its budget which s too low and Ranbir ofcourse with back to back hits.. …;)

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