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Everyone knows that celebrity couple Aishwarya & Abhishek bachchan address Amitabh Bachchan as Paa. How sweet, really!

But won’t you be shocked to hear Amitabh Bachchan addressing his son Abhishek Bachchan as Paa? Isn’t Big B a little too big to be addressing Junior B as “Paa”? Sure he is, but not if he is doing it for a film.

R Balakrishnan, who shot to fame with his directorial debut Cheeni Kum is once again in limelight with a new story to tell. Balki is now directing Paa with Abhishek, Amitabh and Vidya Balan. The story revolves around a couple played by Abhishek and Vidya. The two have a son who is suffering from Progeria.

Also known as “Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome”, Progeria is a condition in which symptoms resembling ageing are manifested at an early age. So the child grows older at 3 times the rate that a normal person does. This is the character that is being played by Amitabh Bachchan. The second half of this picture shows a typical case of Progeria.

In reality, the children suffering from Progeria rarely live past 13 years. But it seems like Balki is ready to make a few compromises with the reality in his film. After all, can Big B even play a 39 year old? But a lot of money and effort goes into the shooting of this film every day. From the horse’s own mouth (read blog), “My rituals today were guided by the extensive hours at the studio, a major portion of which were in front of the make up mirror, getting the face plastered with silicon. It took 4 hours for it all to come on and another hour to take it off. But may I say the results were simply phenomenal.”

An expert team of make up artists from Hollywood has been hired to take care of Amit ji’s make up every day. The film seems to be “inspired” from the Oscar winning Brad Pitt film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. What’s more, this is not the only film being made in Bollywood that is “inspired” from Benjamin Button!

You’ll be surprised to know that Harman Baweja is also playing a key role in this film. Yeah, he’s still around. Not gone off to space or the future! In fact, we hear that Harman baba plans a really serious comeback! So is he playing a doctor in Paa? Nobody knows for sure yet. Balki is guarding the plot of his film with utmost resolve. That’s too bad, really. At a time when we have no releases in cinema halls due to the strike of producers, can’t they even let us enjoy some gossip and rumors? Where did the good old “inside source” vanish?


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