Director: R. Balki
Cast: Amitabh & Abhishek Bachchan, Vidya Balan
Auro is 12 years ‘old’, taller and bigger than the other boys in his school. He is smarter too. He is funny, bald, a girl-o-phobic (well, not exactly), he’s the boy ‘behind every monkey’, and he even dances like one.
Oh…and Auro also suffers from a rare genetic disorder ‘Projeria,’ so he ages 6 times faster than any other human being. That only explains his appearance, because otherwise he is far from affected by his condition. Just that he can’t eat mirchi and has to live on the khichdi he much despises… but hey, nobody gets everything in life!
So living simple and happy with his mother (Vidya Balan) and grand-bum-mum, Auro is like you and me.
Then there is Amol Arte (Abhishek), a young politician on his pursuit to serve the people and change the way politics is looked upon. How are the two related?
Amol and Vidya had a brief relationship back when they were in college. During which, Vidya got pregnant with Auro. Drama over the abortion, they parted ways. And Vidya never told Amol about Auro.
So Amol is Auro’s father. Only he doesn’t know, nor does Auro.
An art competition at Auro’s school brings the two face to face for the first time. Now Auro has to decide whether or not he will become Amol’s ‘hichaki!’ Can he bring the family together again?
Yet again Balki (director of Cheeni Kum ) proves his mettle as a master storyteller. How he uniquely combines tradition and contemporary issues in his tale (Relationships, Family, Child care, Slum rehabilitation.) Add to that, his pace and wit (He’s been an advertising person) and we have a modern masterpiece!
Also his use of lights and sets… Notice the setting in Vidya’s house or the stairs at Amol’s, the veranda where Vidya goes to cry… his construction of space is strikingly real. You can almost see elements of your own house in it, in your own life.
I was searching for Amitabh Bachchan in the entire movie; all I could find was Auro. Kudos Sir! The same goes for Abhishek, who so securely and naturally fits in his portrayal. Vidya looking gorgeous in her Sabyasachi’s! And a special mention to the young boy Vishnu for so aptly encompassing the frustrations and emotions of young children. Muaah boy!
And what quality of humour… Bravo! Auro’s lines and reactions, movements and looks (Amitji’s eyes doing all the acting)… PC Sreeram captures all like a dream.
Then there is Illiaraja’s music… that so magically weaves into the story and becomes a part of it, which is exactly the speciality of the film. That so many elements come together in complete harmony… nothing too emphatic, nothing understated.
So after long comes a movie from Bollywood that makes sense and entertains at the same time! Don’t miss it.