Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan), an ambitious heir of an experience politician (Paresh Rawal) is studying in the UK. He meets Vidya (Vidya Balan), a fellow medical student. They fall in love and as it blossoms Vidya becomes pregnant. Amol had it in his mind, that after completing his studies, he would go back to India, become a politician like his father and change India for the better, and thus he is not yet ready for marriage. He asks Vidya to abort the child, but she instead tells him that he wont ever have a problem coz of her or her child and goes away from his life. She discusses about the situation with her mother (Arundhati Nag, fondly nicknamed “bum” later by her grandson), who supports her. Vidya finishes her studies and in due course gives birth to a son – Auro (Amitabh Bachchan), who has a rare disease – Progeria.
Amitabh Bachhan as Auro just proves why he is the numero Uno of bollywood. This actor is just beyond box office. Magical as he always is, Paa adds as one of his another class performance in his 4 decade long career.
Abhishek Bachchan as a “vision of a bright India” politician is very good. He does well in his part be it as a politician or as a “friend” of Auro.
Vidya Balan is fantastic. She simply gets into the skin of her character and turns out like a natural mother to a diseased child. This is her best performance after Parineeta.
Paresh Rawal was fine in his short role.
Arundhati Nag, was very good in her grandmum role. Puts up a very natural grandma performance. Brilliant.
Direction: Direction is good. Balki has maintained the decorum of the movie in every possible manner. There are sub plots running too, but he makes sure it just doesn’t hamper the main plot of the movie one bit.
Screenplay and Editing: It is good, but a bit too stretched. Some useless plots were thrown in . The movie could have been trimmed a lot and made into an exciting, engaging watch!
BGM: BGM is fine nothing extraordinary. The BGM plays a damn important role in scenes like the movie has in its climax. But it fails miserably there and doesn’t come out very properly. Its ok, otherwise.
Dialogues: Dialogues are nicely jotted. Some of really wonderful dialogues are featured in the movie.
Music: Music is soothing, though I didn’t quite relish it. But was better with the visuals, of course.
Kudos to the make up team for obvious reasons!
My fav scenes:
The girl child meets Auro in the climax and the dialogue ( Galti sehne waale se zyaada galti karne waale ko hurt hota hai) that she mouths is fabulous! The best scene, without any second thoughts.
Abhishek Bachchan accepting his mistake, promoting condom, and proposing Vidya in front of the camera.
When Auro asks Abhishek and Vidya to do the “round round”
On the whole, Paa is a good watch, with some really superb performances, but is a bit too stretched in certain scenes