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 icon.
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan
The film is not about a child with Progeria; yes the character of Auro played brilliantly by Amitabh Bachchan is afflicted with the rare genetic disease but the film is essentially a story about a young boy’s relationship with his single mother, and ultimately his relationship with his father who is unaware of his existence until then. The beauty of the film is that you see everything through the eyes of this innocent yet extremely intelligent and witty thirteen year old, opening up an innocent world to the audiences that most of us have forgotten.
Trust me, 10 minutes into the film and you forget you’re watching Amitabh Bachchan.For, Auro takes over the moment he is introduced to the viewer.PAA is a simple film told in the most simplistic manner and that’s one of the prime reasons why this film works big time.The emotions would’ve fallen flat had the writing been sub-standard or the execution of the material been humdrum or the actors been inferior.But, thankfully, PAA scores in all three departments, although it must be said that the entire slum redevelopment episode is a complete put-off.
Yet, all said and done, PAA is an outstanding film. A film for every paa, every maa… for everyone with a heart. Take a bow, Auro!