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.


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.



  • @payal

    rocket singh will not have a limited release and thats for sure and as for publicity is concerned yash raj productions have a policy of not having aggressive policy, they want the people to be curious abt the movie take the example of chak de and rnbdj. The publicity budget of RS if just 2 crores

  • @amit
    I know u dont like amitabh bachan, even I myself dont like him, but please atleast respect him for his contribution towards indian cinema

  • i havent watched Paa yet .. but the promos and reviewes seems good … Balki made the movie for BigB and he has done justice to his role .. thats a reason enough for me to see the movie … well if i can watch Haddipa , Tum Mile in theater i can say Paa wil be worth watching :) …

    another thing i couldnt digest was the comments abt DDD … i felt ( i repeat I FELT) that the comedy in DDD was nonsense …. i could say that All The Best had better comedy than DDD (certain char like TOpu Bhai)..
    but one thing i have to appreciate abt Priyadarshan is his ability to remake …. i think First time ever in film industry a hindi movie (pyaar tho hona hi tha) was remade in malayalam (Vettom) with little change in the climax and the climax was again remade into a hindi movie (DDD) … thtats truly incredible … :D

    watever written above is my personal opinion and not based non any report or documents …
    in short .. plzz dont maul me over this ;)

  • @gurvindar.ranbir is not hritik.,btw avatar ll dent rocket singh badly.they hve only 1week for recovering..yashraj pagal ho gye hai.

  • If Rocket Singh is good, it’ll work.. Simple as that.. Shimit Amin is a good director.

    Regarding Paa, no clue why it has received such critical acclaim.. Movie was above average at best. What’s your rating Amish?

  • @amit

    u may be right amit but indian boxoffice is just unpredictable and as far as ranbir is concerned apkgk had got 90% opening and ranbir is a big star now and as far as avatar is concerned I dont think that it will have opening like 2012, intial reviews of Avatar are not good

  • Paa First Day Business

    Saturday 5th December 2009 13.00 IST

    Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

    Paa grossed a poor 2 crore nett on day one. Mumbai circuit was relatively than other circuits better due to presence of premium multiplexes but collections were still much below expectations. The aprrox first day circuit breakdowns are as follows.

    Mumbai -80 lakhs

    Delhi/UP – 40 lakhs

    East Punjab – 15 lakhs

    West Bengal – 10 lakhs

    CP Berar – 5 lakhs

    CI – 5 lakhs

    Rajasthan – 8 lakhs

    Nizam – 9 lakhs

    Mysore – 12 lakhs

    Others – 10 lakhs

  • Indicine Team– ya i agree it was really average..2.5- 3/5 max. it was 2 filmy yaar…. i mean typical hindi cinema.

    Auro askin his paa and maa to take saath phere…;) vidhya`s mom chanting Om mangalam…;) ha ha

    In progeria a person ages 3-4 times faster than normal but his intelligence doesnt… ;) but here Auro behaves as if he has experienced everythin….;)

    some scenes wer really gud and some funny scenes also.. :)

    Auro makes a gud impression in d beginnin but soon becomes familiar and a bit borin…;)

  • Indicine
    in the requests article u said that the best director poll will b up. U told to put it last week . Bt still nt put up !

    check ur facebook account.

  • one more flaw i want to say which i forgot in my review that
    in first scene when abhishek goes in school function then we see that big g is pissing in bathroom and he pissed in his pant. when i say it then i thought may be he is abnormal. but later on in his class room when teacher asked a question to vishnu ( auro’s best friend ) then big b reply 32. it seems he is very intelligent. and then in whole movie he expose that he is very intelligent and he is aware from every thing. if his charector is a intelligent boy then why in first sceen he shows that he is abnormal kind of child .
    if u will say that school child can do like this , then i will say that may be 5,6 yrs old children can piss in their pant but not a 13 yrs old who is studing in 7,8 class

  • Review of hollywood movie least matter in india.2012 was a critical disaster nd boxoffice flop in usa,..twiligt ll not work in india..i hope rocket dint turn out like homedelivery..rocket singh ll not earn more than 25cr no matter how gud the movie would be.

  • @nauman

    please nauman dont look for so much flaws in the movies else how will u enjoy it.
    u may know it, biggest flaw ever done by a maker is in the movie jaan-e-man

  • @gurvindar..strange sum people dint find any flaw in ddd..btw how much u rate devd gulal nd blackfriday

  • This film is not for awareness for illness…but more it is emotional blackmailing from 70+ actor who don’t want to spare the space for the new comers.Amitabh bachchan is no more super star now.And paa is the emotional film so people will watch it it dosen’t mean that amitabh is greatest.ther is makeup which made look amitabh a ill and Dshaped human.amitabh is now taking the cheap way to sustain and the Paa is the latest example.SUPER FLOP FILM

  • @amit
    i did like all three movies, anurag kashyap is a brilliant film maker


    dev d—-4

    black friday—4

  • i hv a strong gut feeling that kasyap ll bring 1st oscar for india for a bollywood movie.glad u liked all friday was just outstanding5star dev d gulal 4star..gurvindar i want to ask u a question that everybody here supports one particular me salman amish akki fathiya srk.which actor u support?

  • @amit

    I am a die hard die hard fan of HRITHIK ROSHAN. I can do any thing for him. I have watched dhoom2 and JA 13 times. dont know if u are that much crazy for salman

  • @amish sumbody posted that in rxpg.. @gurvindar its gud to hve a hr fan also at is the last superstar of bollywood ..

  • Gurvindarpal:
    what was the biggest flaw in jaan e man ?? could u please tell me that i watched it 4 yrs ago so now i forgot abt that movie.
    some people gave 3 flaws in DDD and indicine gave 9,10 flaws and some poeple can give the reply of every single flaw . just ask indicine that if they want the reply of their flaws which they mentioned in review of DDD then some people can explain, that some poeple has alot of experience of watching movies since 1997 every single indian movie.

  • Janeman was awsum movie..salman bhai rocked in that movie..deserves to be a hit.@gurvindar which flaw r u talking abt?

  • Indicine Team:
    when i gave 3/5 to Paa u said dont u think it should be more 1 or half star. now u r saying that it is an avarage.
    so let me know , now wht do u think about Paa , 4/5 or 2.5/5
    and please just dicide one time that wht to do want to post in review . i think from cinema to ur office it takes 30 min and u can dicide that about rating , 30 min are enough. negative n positive points we can note while we r watching movie.
    just hv one pen n paper n note down.
    believe me Paa has good idea , good performances , good music (above avg) , but poor screen play, poor 1st half , out of track sequences which dont necessory.
    so i cut 1 star for these thinks.
    and indicine when Akki’s masala movies can hv poor scripting and u give 1.5 or 1 star then why not this time ???? kidnapping of dog and missunderstandings in wedding party are good ideas , but screenplay is not strong. same case with Paa. but coz it is Big B’s movie and u hv seen that taran , glamsham , and some other sites has given 4/5 so it must be around 3.5/5
    am i right ??

  • Indicine Team:
    ohh again against u … believe me i dont want to go against u i dont wana fight with u but i dont know why it happened.
    and i am 100 % sure that we will again agains to each other on 25 dec coz if i wll see any flaw in 3 idiot i will smash it . and i know u will ignore coz in ask us u already said that this yr best director should be rajkumar hirani.
    hopefully 3 idiot will awesom and i wont find any flaw, coz i also like amir after akki.

  • nauman dun talk abt screenplay.du u know wht screenplay is?u rate dev d nd gulal 1star.i dun think u hve any knowledge of screenplay nd cinema f u want to see wht screeplay is all about watch johny gaddar ..

  • Indicine its ok that u give any rating to a movie.but plz stick to ur rating.3.5star means very u r saying avg it means 2star..nd for the next time post ur review after a 2nd thought.dun be in a hurry except us nobody reads indicine reviews.dun mind but its a fact.

  • paa will b jst critically acclaimed movie.and amitabh bachan will b applauded for his performance,but it wont b a big hit or even hit i think.

  • Couple of flaws jz enaf to cut down d rating!!! jz wnts to knw….nrmal ppl dnt try to find out d flaws wen dey watch a muvie if d flaws r nt so fatal…r8?

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