These movies are and were part of my weekend binge and therefore very close to my heart. The purpose of these reviews are not to criticize any aspect of this movie. I just want to put it out there. This is the kind of cinema I like.
Non Review Rant
For facts and trivia about the cast, director etc, please read the Wikipedia. I am reviewing it based on my memories of 2014 when me and my sister watched it every Saturday for lunch.
Vidya is a medical student at Cambridge. Amol is pursuing a degree in Political Science. He is ambitious and sharp and determined to be a ‘clean’ politician.
Vidya and Amol run into each other on the streets of Cambridge. A very melodious song “Mudhi Mudhi Ittefaq Se” plays in Shilpa Rao’s sensuous and unique voice. Sparks fly, heartbeats increase and they soon fall for each other. The song sequence ends when Vidya finds out that she’s pregnant.
Of course, ambitious Amol does not want that so they part ways, on a bitter note.
Auro is their son, who suffers from Progeria, a rare genetic disease since his childhood. Vidya and her mother have raised Auro with care and love, hiding his father’s identity from him.
Fiction is fulled by coincidences.
So, Auro meets Amol during an school event. There are two things that happen in parallel. The father-duo bonding without either knowing they share blood relation will warm your heart. Auro’s antiques will tickle you throughout. On the other hand, Vidya struggles to keep truth to herself.
This film is about a single mother.
Progeria – Eye-opening Revelation
Much like everybody else, I was not aware of this disease and I literally got goosebumps.
The songs are far and few but it makes you spellbound.
Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachhan, Abhishek Bachhan and Paresh Rawal – when you have stalwarts like these, you cannot expect anything except excellence. And, they don’t disapppoint.
As do the other actors in smaller roles, especially Auro’s friends in school.
Paa is one of the most touching movies I have ever seen. I watched it this week, again. That’s how much I like this movie. And, I am sure I am not alone.