A superbly bad film at Cineworld Trocadero last night. Amitabh Bachchan, the 68-year old fading king of Bollywood, plays a 12-year old with progeria, the rare genetic condition that causes accelerated ageing.
Bachchan lumbers around heavily under a mountain of prosthetic make up, unsure whether to play the idiot or (worse) the sage. He’s more convincing as a sulky 12 year-old than the stage-school kids who play his classmates, though.
Paa (‘Father’) is both hugely funny (unintentionally) and supremely irritating. But it’s good to see the Big B with a big piss stain on his trousers.