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.



  • @amit

    every time u are spelling my name wrongly, I know its not a big deal but please see to it…….
    its an request

  • When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.
    Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.


  • im sure this movie must have entered the hall of fame of rotten tomatoes btw ..will some one update me on its box office status as people here have APPRECIATED the bachchan duos work all time high ..

  • Megha– i watched d curious case of benjamin button… in which way u said d idea of paa was from tat movie??? its a fantasy movie and paa s bout progeria…

  • Sudeep– ha ha she s sallu fan from pakistan… and am sure Nauman s gonna treat us on behalf of her… ha ha..;)

  • indicine plz post paa boxoffice reports..@sudeep anything can happen wid 3 idiots since jinx queen kareena is in it..hope it ll deliver.m very excited for avatar this dec…

  • Amit– Nauman shud give a party atleast for those who wished rt….;) Including INDICINE bcoz dey allowed dese comments to be posted……;)

  • My Top 5 FILMS of 2009…and one of them would surely take away all the awards. Here it is,
    1.Dev D
    3.Love Aajkal
    4.London Dreams
    Two other films which could have been in the list had it been enhance d to 7 films are:
    New York
    Wake Up Sid….
    and ofcourse I like Indicine a lot

  • Guys I’ll be posting my Top Contenders for Awards2009 soon. Those will only be based on my facts and terms and any worthy comments are welcome…have a pleasant evening guys. Indicine is a nice site for filmi freaks….

  • indicine plz plz start the section to rate movies for recent releases.thanx..make this site more exciting.2009 is cuming to end plz start a superpoll like indicine awards2009 nd make it run for 2 month..announce them before filmfare..3idiots is the only major film left .dont wait for 3idiots it ll be too late

  • No way Indicine…. no more polls on such things… pls… Ppl just fight in such polls… and voting means they `ll post d link in face book or orkut and den shout tat a particular actor s d winner….;)

  • Indicine its ur choice..@amish every body can post a link to facebook orkut whts wrong wid that..indicine u can avoid fight by not including comment section on that particular superpoll..ya we can help u in nomination..

  • benjamin button is about a guy who ages reversedly hes born old and becomes younger by the day.. till he dies ultimately.. the idea of making a normal guy turn into old was picked up by the makers here .. the last scenes of benjamin button are really moving when benjamin dies as an infant ..bas that is inspiration enough for our makers.. to make this one ..wonder if our makers want to make a film on munchuasens syndrome wherin the person feigns illness and gets admitted to hospital and lets any procedure being carried out on him/her.. progeria was only an excuse to let our superstar show his stuff ..nothing great.. brad pitt has already done it with encore and oscar nominations..paa is pooh pooh..bah

  • Megha– ya i watched benjamin button 2day..;) but Paa has no similarity with it s wat i meant… ya tat Munchuasens synd `ll be a great idea i guess…;)

    And dont always compare bollywood to hollywood yaar….;)

    ya i agree Paa was just an average stuff but Big-B and abhi have done a gud job…:)
    It s doing gud business in mumbai delhi bangalore….

  • megha after reading ur comments i can say that u r prejudice abt certain things..are yar whts the big deal if paa makers got the idea from benzamin..everything in this world is inspired from sumthing..nd why r comparing paa wid benzamin..give an indian director 1000cr budget they can make better movies than hollywood.they r by any means lesser than hollywood director..its v easy to criticize bollywood but there r many factors megha..M PROUD TO BE A BOLLYWOOD FAN..hollywood cant make a titanic in 30cr but people like rajev masand khalid mohamadnd mayankshekar expect wid bollywood director to do so..indicine i want ur comment on my short article.

  • the core or “inspiration” of the movie is not from Benjamin button … its from Robbin Williams movie JACK … where hes got teh same disease … and as always he has done an awesome job in that movie …

  • top 5 movie of 2009 is
    1 wanted the most wanted film
    2 new york
    3 jail
    4 the film with katrina and ranbir
    5 Kurbaan saif and vivek was great

  • Amit singhania ::Ya but still 3 idiot i feel it will be good….I m also super excited to see AVATAR……HOpe Indicine team will put review of this movie too

  • Very well said Amit. Totally agree with you. There is no real harm in being inspired as long as the film is not a rip off. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in itself was a film adaptation of a short story with the same title. That, in a way, can also be termed ‘inspired’.. And frankly speaking there is no similarity at all between CCBB and Paa..

    Given the limited budget our directors like Rakesh Roshan and even Sujoy Ghosh (Aladin) have done a great job.. Even B Grade Hollywood films have two times the budget of the costliest of Hindi films..

    Bollywood directors also have their own limitations, if they think out of the box (read masala) and try something really different, unique.. the films are outright rejected.. Johnny Gaddar was one of the most outstanding thriller films to come out of Bollywood, but it didn’t do too well commercially.

    We as Hindi film lovers, should go out to theaters and appreciate good films, irrespective of the banner / actor / genre.. and not just rent / buy/ download a pirated copy a day after the films release..

  • Sudeep, we have been invited for the premier.. But no review of the film here..

    Maybe a rating along with some positives / negatives.. in the comments section :)

  • Glad u liked johny was mindblowing..yup best bollywood thriller along wid manorma ..indicine did u watch a movie named ek ruka hua faisla by basu chaterjee?

  • Thanx indicine u made my day.this is a complete surprize for me..ek ruka hua faisla was one of my favourite..

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