Paa - Notepad

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

A film that invokes thoughts on varying subjects from single parenthood, rare diseases to politics. And it does so successfully. As if that weren't enough it is all put together in a relatively unusual plot and has one superb performance by Amitabh Bachchan which overshadows brilliant performances by the rest of the cast too.

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Plot Summary

Auro (Amitabh Bachchan) has a rare genetic disorder which causes him to age 4-6 times his actual age. So this 13-year old has the body of a 80-year old. Amol Arte (Abhishek Bachchan) is a politician with the right value system. And their paths cross. How do they influence each others' life, if at all?

What Worked

  • The titles. I love it when the people involved in the film are given special attention to. This way to introduce them, took the cake!
  • The comment on a child's view of India - present and future. Though their understanding of world and national affairs looked a bit too advanced for their age.
  • The medical explanation Auro's mom (Vidya Balan) gives to the lady at the playground.
  • Usually, when an idea contrary to your opinion is presented in a film, you tend to not like the film. But, the whole explanation for having your own children was presented very well, whether or not I agree with it.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • What exactly were a student of political science and a student of medical science studying together?
  • Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan don't look like 20 years old at Cambridge at all!
  • How come everyone in and around Cambridge is Indian?