Haven’t seen a good movie in recent times and looking for a good option ? Want a movie to go with your parents ? Want to watch Amitabh Bacchan outperform himself once again ? Having a kid still inside alive and looking a movie for that kid ? One word answer to all these questions is ‘Paa’.
Paa is not a movie about awareness about a certain disease. It’s also not a serious story of a diseased child. It’s a story of a mature child and his relationships with people around him. Infact it’s not just about Paa. The movie should have been titled Paa (and Maa) because the relationships between mother and son, mother and daughter, father and son all are important.
Story starts with a young politician amol ( Abhishek Bacchan) and his meeting with his real Paa (Amitabh Bacchan ) who is a 14 year old boy ‘auro’ with a disease because of which his physical condition is like an old aged person but with normal mental health like any other child. Vidya Balan plays the character of mother of auro and amol doesn’t know that auro is his son. He bonds with auro and get to know about his son in last days of his son’s life. Amol and vidya had splitted in the past and auro brings about their reunion in the end. The movie ends with auro calling his father ‘paa’.
The movie keeps u engaged right from beginning. Emotions have been strongly built in the story. They don’t moist your eyes but reveal the bonding and understanding of auro with everyone. The best thing with movie is you are watching a movie about a diseased child but it’s no a very serious movie The mood of the movie is light entertainment and you never feel burden. The dialogues are witty at places and makes you smile. The movie has several clap worthy scenes. Two-three scenes need special mention :
1. One where auro asks vidya not to sacrifice her tasty food just because he can’t eat it.
2. Auro’s visit to rashtrapati bhavan.
3. Introduction of Paresh Rawal ( Abhishek’s father) with auro.
There are small flaws 2-3 times in movies. Abhishek’s media handling scene is a bit far stretched and looks not required. Also movie looses its pace in last 20 minutes but just when u feel u can feel bored, it get back on track. Placements of songs in movie is appropriate and the best track for me is stil the instrumental of title song.
In short Paa works because of simplicity in narration. good performances from everyone and fine screenplay.
De Dana Dan :
You go to a Priyadarshan movie with very high expectations and sometimes that works against it. De Dana Dan was like a cooked dish that had every required ingredient including presentation, but somewhere cooking went wrong. Resulting dish is edible but not tasty. Too much analogy given, better come to facts.
Akshay Kumar, Sunil Sheety, Paresh Rawal trio together; add a bunch of artists like johny lever, rajpal yadav, chanky pandey; add katrina as lucky charm , nice songs but somewhere something still is lacking. That’s the problem with De dana dan. There are some funny in fact hilarious scenes here and there in movie, but at the end u don’t feel satisfied with complete movie.
The first half of movie introduces characters one by one and the confusion starts to build. You expect a laughter riot in second half but suddenly akshay kumar disappears for a long time and the interest drops in next one hour. Also the climax which is hall mark of priyadarshan movies, where all characters of movie come together, hasn’t turned out hilarious this time.
On the whole an entertainer but not as great as Pridarshan’s earlier work.