Paa, one of the most hyped movie of the year. But honestly, it didn’t quite live upto its expectations. I found a lot missing in the movie, rather everything was missing in the movie, except for Amitabh Bachchan.
Paa is about a love-child Auro who is suffering from a very rare genetic disease which causes in an accelerated ageing. So even though Auro is only 12 years old, his body is that of a man of 80 with all it’s geriatric complications.
The first thing that came in my mind while watching the movie was that they could have done away without Amitabh's makeup. It actually came in the way of displaying Amitabh’s facial expressions, and thus he ended up looking dumb in certain scenes. Next comes screenplay, lot of things were not portrayed properly in the movie. For example, where was the pain of Bidya Balan after she was asked to abort her child by Abhishek Bachchan! She just sobbed once in front of her Mum and that’s it, that was it?! Where was the pain depicted by her when she learned of the disease her child was suffering from? Where was the pain of a single mother?
Moreover, after seeing the entire movie I didn’t realize much about suffering of Auro because of his disease. Okay, I understand that he fainted a couple of times and had to be hospitalized, but is that it! I have seen children suffering from heart blockages more than that. Did he never felt heartbroken that he could not participate in the merriments of the rest of his schoolmates?
The chemistry between Abhishek and Bidya Balan didn’t work out at all. I felt Bidya Balan was pretty stiff as if she was facing the camera for the first time! It simply makes me wonder why did Amitabh praised her so much before the release of Paa.
Paresh Rawal as Abhishek’s on-screen father was a waste. I felt he was put there as a comic relief when his character could have been more powerful. Iliyaraja as the music director was a massive failure, his songs were simply average and the movie would have been way better without them.
I think R. Balki was confused, he was confused about what he wanted to do with the movie. He was confused whether he wanted to make a Amitabh Bachchan starrer, a commercial movie or a succesful flick. Although the movie was not entirely an waste of your money, yet I would suggest you to go for it only if you don't have another option.