An idea that had been kept in the closet for long and discussed only in hushed tones between closed doors before, is brought out to the open and discussed with a never-before-daring alacrity. Well the result can be either disastrous or can hit the bull’s eye bang on. And Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor passes off with flying colours. In a recent interview Sircar said the idea to make this film first came from a girl. It was then he felt perhaps the time had come to release a film with such a sensitive subject and India’s urban audiences were ready to accept it maybe with hiccup. It was a bet and Sircar emerged a winner.
Vicky Donor is truly a hilarious movie after long, where laughter is not evoked by titillating the audience by creating situations and events that are genuinely bone tickling and refreshingly humorous. The best part about the movie is even though the subject is highly sensitive and serious, the treatment of humour has been used in such a manner that the movie does not appear to preach or propagate something solemn and sombre.
The plot with which the movie begins can be called a little repetitive. In a middle class Delhi family, Vicky, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, is a good-for-nothing son who has not served too many purposes in the family. Then finally some magic strikes and the stars for Vicky change. But the magic in this film is a little different. He is spotted by Dr Chaddha, played by none other than Annu Kapoor, who has polished his sheen in comedy with many films now, who runs an infertility clinic in Delhi’s Daryaganj area. Herein, comes the sensitive topics of infertility and artificial insemination. Dr Chadda, who considers himself a specialist to spot people who are eligible for sperm donation, convinces Vicky to be a donor for his sperm bank and thereby save his infertility clinic that has been going through a tough time. That is how the plot takes off.
What could have been a complete disaster as a film by being too preachy and a tad mediocre save the subject, is Juhi Chaturvedi’s script that has been consistently subtle and sensitive throughout the film with the regular dose of non- slapstick comedy that has the ability to evoke genuine laughter from the audience and the brilliant acting by the cast. It is surprising how each and everyone in the movie manages to shell out such amazing performances.
Ayushmann Khurrana has proved himself to be a true Roadie by showing that he is brilliant even in the department of acting as well. He surely will make Raghu Ram, the man who conceptualised Roadies on MTV, and was the first man to spot the talented Ayushmann. He is good not only when he is playing the funny part, even as the lover boy to Bong banker Ashima Roy played by debutant Yaami Gautam he executes the romantic scenes deftly enough. The best part is the confidence and ease he shows in treating such a sensitive topic tell a lot about his acting acumen and his potential in the film industry.
Dolly Ahluwalia as Ayushmann’s middle aged and widowed mother played her part with honesty as did Kamlesh Gill, her greedy mother-in-law who lusts for material possessions. The more said about Annu Kapoor would be less to say about his performance. Even Yaami Gautam did a fantastic job in her first movie. All the characters and their brilliant performances have enabled to make this movie a treat to watch and a delight for urban movie goers.
Last but not the least the man who made this movie possible is none other than John Abraham, the producer of this film. John in his debut production venture deserves kudos for his guts to make such a movie with rare sensitivity. He deserves the credit because he could read the psyche of the urban movie goers and thought that a film of this genre could at all be made and then again be made successfully.
So this weekend do surely go for Vicky Donor for a truly different movie experience.
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