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Paa  (2009 - Hindi)

Paa cumulative rating: 3.9 out of 53.9/5 (123 users)

Paa critics rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4/5 (12 critics)

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Reinvention of Amitabh Bachchan, 67, has been for long in Hindi films, a multi-crore, boutique industry of its own. Most directors have attempted to remodel this rare clay into various forms, to shock or please a captive audience of over four decades. Many have, in the process, merely turned him into a contestant at some pansy-dress show: Jack Sparrow (Jhoom Barabar Jhoom), Gabbar (Aag), ghost (Bhootnath), genie (Alladin)… The star, I presume, came before the scripts.more

Like most kids his age, Auro doesn't want his friends to see his mum dropping him off at school. He's not very fond of girls, and most of his jokes involve the potty and what you place on it. In fact, he seems so obsessed with that particular body part he's nicknamed his grandma 'Bum', because she's got a big one. Auro, of course, is the protagonist of director R Balki's Paa. He's your average mischievous 12-year-oldmore

Can you ever imagine watching an Amitabh Bachchan film and not watching Amitabh Bachchan in it? Seems impossible, isn't it? The towering persona and the rich baritone just cannot be overlooked. But R. Balki transforms the legendary actor into Auro, replaces the rich baritone with the voice of an adolescent [who's neither grown up, nor a kid] and taps the hitherto untapped talent of the iconmore

It feels strange to recommend a 150-minute film for just four frames but then that’s the Paa you were promised in the trailers. In the last scene of the film, when Auro calls Amol Arte ‘Paa’ for the first (and last) time, Abhishek Bachchan looks at Amitabh Bachchan with an affection that only a father can feel for his newborn. Behind layers and layers of make-up you see the two familiar eyes light up as tears flow down Paa’s face. Son becomes fathermore

Auro says a `Boo' -- and a mighty big one -- to all us skeptics out here who had begun to doubt his ability to entertain after duds like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, God Tussi Great Ho, Aladin...For, it's not any and every 67-year-old actor who can enter the shoes of a pre-adolescent, without looking and sounding awkward and silly. Amitabh Bachchan not only captures the essence of the gawky, geeky, god-he's-different teenager with great skillmore

R Balki has done it again - an unusual plot deftly treated, entertaining moments and some real good performances, all come together in his second directorial venture, Paa. In Cheeni Kum, Balki got Amitabh Bachchan to romance a younger woman. In Paa, he presents the actor in a role that's a complete opposite of the mature, control freak character he played in Cheeni Kum. Auro (Bachchan) is a child born out of wedlock and suffers frommore

Know that warm fuzzy feeling of childhood? When your world is so fragile, it falls apart if someone fails to keep a promise but is accommodating enough to mend soon after Mom and Dad entice you with a fancy new toy or big bear hugs and gentle, loving assurances. Dir Balki's Paa celebrates the purest phase of an individual with such touching simplicity; it's impossible to remain unmoved. Ultimately, Paa is Auro's dream and moment. And so you shed a tear in his memory and leave the hall with a fond smile on your lips, secretly doing the monkey dance in your head knowing he would have liked itmore

When you see your favourite actor ever wearing a large oversized head with bulging veins, looking almost alien and unrecognisable, you wonder, especially considering some of the recent costume dramas Amitabh Bachchan has been in. Well, Paa turns out to be an absolutely delightful film, chiefly due to the endearing 12-year-old character masterfully played by the 67-year-old Amitabh Bachchan, as also because of the sharp, deft tonemore

ZANJEER broke the shackles after 13 consecutive flops. AGNEEPATH was an experiment that had a class of its own. BLACK broke all barriers and now comes PAA. Let's give a standing ovation to the man who dominated the 80s and 90s and continues to surprise with his talent and willingness to subject himself to roles that require make-up for a complete change in appearance. Mr Amitabh Bachchan, for you Sir...more

To be or not to be Amitabh Bachchan? Years after having every bit of Bachchan being broadcast in biographies and beyond, it makes more sense to not be Amitabh Bachchan and still deliver bigtime. Director R. Balki does exactly that. He takes away everything from brand Bachchan from his persona, baritone, height to mannerisms and presents him in an absolutely another aura as Auro. Paa is certainly not inspired from Francis Ford Coppola’s Jackmore

How would you feel if your father went on national TV and confessed that you were a result of what was clearly a passionate interlude, minus any thought of consequences? The gap between condom and contraception is filled by 12 year old Auro, who has a bald head, awkward gait, and a disease that’s progressively pushing him into the grave. There’s grace in Auro, but not in ‘Paa’s script, which sags under the weight ofmore

Auro, the protagonist of Paa, is a smart 12-year-old boy who has progeria - a rare, horribly disfiguring disease that accelerates aging and will kill Auro by the time he hits his teens. Director R. Balki, who has also written the script and obviously loves to break paradigms-recall the age-defying romance of his debut film Cheeni Kum - has cast the 67-year-old Amitabh Bachchan as Auro. Balki has also cast Abhishek, as Amol, Auro's father.more