MUMBAI: Vicky Donor is a brave effort. The makers take
up a contemporary subject of sperm donors, which very
few would be familiar with, and knit it around a normal
day-to-day family and romance stories in a middle-class
Delhi Punjabi household. Many films are touted as contemporary
but this one really is and what is more, it is a thoroughly
Sunil Lulla, John Abraham, Ronnie Lahiri.
Director: Shoojit Sarcar.
Cast: Ayushmann Khurana, Yaami Gautam.
Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamlesh Gill, Jayanta
Das, Bhupesh Pandya.
(Ayushmann Khurana) is 25-year-old man from Lajpat Nagar,
Delhi, a locality identified as that of post-partition
settlers. While his widowed mother runs a beauty parlour,
Vicky generally loafs around till a job drops into his
lap. He is a typical loud Delhi Punjabi but has his
way with people as he charms his way through life. While
he is sleeping, his room has been robbed clean by thief.
reaction to this is to go sell off his dog to a neighbourhood
kid. This sets the tone of what is to follow.
this 'transaction' of selling off an idle dog to a kid
is observed by Annu Kapoor, a doctor specialising in
finding solutions for couples who can't have children.
In Vicky he sees an ideal sperm donor.
it takes a while before Vicky agrees to the deal. These
scenes are not only funny but on the way also explain
the concept of sperm donation to a layman. For Vicky,
money is the main attraction and his reports liken him
to someone close to Aryan breed!
life is set to change as yet another event happens in
his life: while running errands for his mother, he visits
a bank to open a new account and deposit money where
he meets Yaami Gautam, a Bengali executive at the bank
and after some boisterous, Delhi-brand of stalking,
love blossoms. It is a tightrope walk for the hero to
keep his secret from his family as well as his lady
love and he often finds it hard to explain where he
earns hordes of money from and how costly gifts keep
pouring into his house.
make Vicky Donor more fun to watch are the relationships
between its various characters: between Ayushmann and
Yaami Gautam, between him and Annu Kapoor, between him
and his mother (Dolly Ahluwalia) as well as grandmother
(Kamlesh Gill), between Annu Kapoor and his assistant
and between Yaami Gautam and her father, Jayanta Das.
most hilarious is the one between his mother and grandmother;
these give a perfect foil to the film's casting. After
a joyous debate between virtues (or lack of them) in
Punjabis and Bengalis, the families agree to the marriage
of Ayushmann and Yami Gautam. But soon the fun is over
for Ayushmann as his secret is revealed and his love
walks out on him.
Donor has been instrumental in siring 53 children in
five years and now his wife is yearning for one of her
own. The joy ride does get an agreeable and plausible
Donor's triumph is in its well scripted story and dialogue.
Nowhere is the comedy forced nor made to look cheap;
the pace is fast. Performances are excellent from just
about every character in the film.
and Yaami Gautam may be new to films but both are veterans
of television and do their part most convincingly. Annu
Kapoor reminds of his role in Mr India where he made
his mark; his vocabulary is not complete without using
the word sperm. Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill bring
to life the lonely middle-class women. Their interactions
are hilarious. Jayanta Das as the Bengali father is
very good. Songs, though without lip-sync, blend with
the mood of the film without hindering the tempo.
is good. However, the ultimate praise should go to story-screenplay-dialogue
writer Juhi Chaturvedi for her work.
new names in credits, Vicky Donour may not have opened
well but the word of mouth will surely help it improve
Story borders on banal