Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor
I hoped Vicky Donor would be good because it is a novel concept and I really liked Shoojit Sircar’s previous film Yahaan. The promos were interesting. This rarely happens with a movie but Vicky Donor exceeded my expectations. It entertains you with its wit from start-to-finish! It seems like this is the best thing John Abraham has done in his career (so far)!
Ayushmann Khurana plays Vicky. He is a typical Delhi clever cookie and doesn’t do much besides shopping, playing cricket, and sleeping. His mother Dolly runs a beauty parlour and regularly enjoys a drink with her mother-in-law. They want him to do something with his life. Annu Kapoor plays infertility doctor Baldev Chadha who is in dire need of good quality sperm. He thinks Vicky is the perfect sperm donor to save his clinic. He manages to convince him to do the job. He keeps it discreet and becomes rich overnight. Then Vicky falls in love with Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam). What will happen when his family find out about his “job”?
Image: Vicky Donor Movie Theatrical Release Poster | Courtesy: Eros International.
Sperm donation and infertility are taboo topics in India and this movie is a refreshing take on it. It has its lessons without being preachy and is unbelievably hilarious. The press screening abounded with laughter and applause. There are some scenes that take a while to sink in. The sexual connotation is natural and goes with the flavour of the movie. The dialogues and theme are risqué but not gross at all. The movie is majorly in Punjabi but easy to understand. The quintessential Delhi flavour and situations are captured authentically and there are many nuances that you will notice. Each character is superbly crafted and idiosyncratic. Like Baldev Chaddha is obsessed with sperms and even has a sperm mobile in his car, Vicky’s grandmother is superbly modern in her outlook, Vicky knows parlour work, and she enjoys a drink with her daughter-in-law regularly. Then the Bengali-Punjabi clash is pitch-perfect. This must be credited to the sharp writing by Juhi Chaturvedi and the able direction by Shoojit Sircar. The music is peppy too. The second half gets a tad serious but the pace remains engaging and nothing is stretched.
The performances are flawless. Ayushman is already a hit with the ladies. He is appealing and fits in perfectly into the character of a Delhi boy. He makes a very impressive debut and just might sweep the awards. He has a knack for comedy and excels in the emotional scenes too. Dolly Ahluwalia plays his mother and she is impeccable. The lady who plays the zestful grandmother is flawless and she is the most entertaining character we have seen in a while. Yami Gautam has such a lovely screen presence. She is pretty and a very dependable actress. Of course, they make a good pair. Annu Kapoor will bowl you over with his performance. One tends to think of Antakshari and more recently 7 Khoon Maaf and a musical show when it comes to him but this is unlike anything he has ever done before. Kudos to him for playing this novel character!
Vicky Donor is one of the funniest movies in recent times and the most enjoyable cinematic experience you will have in a long time. It proves that an adult comedy can be made with class, ingenuity, and finesse. The situational comedy is a breath of fresh air in times of trash slapstick blockbusters. You can easily watch this twice! I am going with 4 out of 5 stars.