Amitabh starrer 'Paa' to release on Children's Day

Director R. Balakrishnan, also known as Balki, has decided to release his role-reversal drama 'Paa', starring Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, on Nov 13 as a tribute to Children's Day.

Saturday, September 05, 2009 | 12:34:47 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Director R. Balakrishnan, also known as Balki, has decided to release his role-reversal drama 'Paa', starring Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, on Nov 13 as a tribute to Children's Day.

'It's a film about a child within a man<a href=Paa Movie, abhishek bachchan, amitabh bachchan" align="right" hspace="5" vspace="5" /> and a man within a child. And I can't think of a better tribute to a child than Children's Day,' says Balki, who completed shooting the film in England recently.

Balki has shot his two feature films - 'Cheeni Kum', an unconventional love story between a 30-plus woman and a 60-plus chef, and now 'Paa' - in Britain because he loves the country.

'We shot 'Paa' in my favourite location England. Throughout the stint in Cambridge we were at sea never on land. I love shooting in London. If I have my way, I'd shoot all my films there,' he said.

Balki took up the challenge of projecting the Big B like never before in 'Paa'.

'In 'Cheeni Kum', I really didn't have to do anything. I made him play himself. Here in 'Paa' I had to bring out that child within him which has always been there. We tapped that part of him. It wasn't easy for Amitji to play a child at heart.

'Fortunately, Abhishek and Vidya Balan too are extremely intelligent actors. Vidya has played such a charming mom. Throughout the film they behave as if Amitji is their son. For Abhishek, this was his chance to get even with his dad,' said the director.

Any regrets about not casting Tabu again?

'After what she did with Amitji in 'Cheeni Kum', it wasn't possible to cast her in Vidya's role.'

Balki is not bothered with how the audience will accept the two actors in reversed roles. 'There's no point in making a film if it doesn't push envelopes. I won't do a film that doesn't challenge me and my actors.'

Another ongoing leitmotif in Balki's cinema is the music of Ilayaraja.

'He's god. He has been a major source of inspiration. I don't think India has known a better music composer. Sadly one-half of India has not heard him enough.'

For 'Cheeni Kum' Balki specifically asked Ilayaraja for tunes from his Tamil films.

'I wanted Hindi moviegoers to hear those times. Even in 'Paa' I've transposed some of his South Indian tunes into Hindi. It's not that important to be original. It's more important to do what you believe in,' he said.

Balki is miffed that the Big B's Progeria look has been leaked out. 'Fortunately that's only a part of his look. No one came on the set to see how he looks on camera. The makeup person was given a computer-generated picture of Amitji. He improvised a lot on that and added traits from real Progeria patients.'

Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disease of childhood characterized by dramatic, premature aging.

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Posted on: 15 November 2009 at 10:36pm
Paa: How About this, dude? Hey Balki(R. Balakrishnan), why don't you come out with next movie as MAA and write the story exactly opposite to PAA. Paa is all about son growing faster compared to his age because of Pregoria. Let the MAA feature a mother who grows younger day by day, ultimately into a little baby... and you should not be worrying about the lead star cast with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan already in the league. After all it would be very original and not the lift from the west, A CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON to force you to do unusual either after PAA. - PRASAD SATKALMI

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Posted on: 06 September 2009 at 11:07pm
thanks.. just waiting for the movie to release..

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Posted on: 05 September 2009 at 1:48am

looking forward to this movie!

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