When I first saw the trailer of the movie, I was a bit surprised as to why BigB’s get-up was made to resemble a zoozoo. That bulbous head was a bit of a turn-off. But on further read-up I found that the character was suffering from a rare ageing disorder called ‘progeria’
The word is now out that the movie is inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s movie called ‘Jack’ which starred Robin Williams. Here too, smallB is married to Vidya Balan and they give birth to a baby who suffers from genetic disorder. Enter BigB, a kid who ages at four or five times the pace at which normal humans age. So, at age of 10 he would look 50.
But unlike ‘Jack’, where Robin Williams longed to live a normal life, earn his pride and place in society and graduate from college just as Rani Mukherjee did in ‘Black’, this movie is very different. Only the premise of the rare disorder is the common thing between ‘Paa’ and ‘Jack’ but both movies have been taken to different logical conclusions.
This disorder can throw new light on the research of ageing, to find factors as to how and why people age. Hayley Okines, in 1999, was diagnosed to be having this condition and she spread the awareness. Just as TZP created huge awareness about dyslexia, hopefully this movie will do the same to progeria.
Wish all the best to the movie makers that it does well. Special wishes and prayers to Amitabh Bachchan, as he is producing the movie under ABCL banner. More power to him, amen! And hoping to see some great acting from the father-son duo, who play a father-son relationship, but its reversed role-play. Cheers!