Ayushmann Khurrana as Vicky Arora
Yami Goutam as Neha
Annu Kapoor as Dr. Baldev Chaddha
John Abraham as Himself in the song ‘Rum Whisky’
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Producer: John Abraham
Very rarely do actors turning producers taste success in their film-making ventures, but John Abraham has proved otherwise. Along with director Shoojit Sircar, the handsome hunk turned producer and gave us the film ‘Vicky Donor’. A much-awaited film, on account of its bold and ‘hatke’ subject of sperm donation, the film finally hit screens today. So how does it fare? Let’s find out.
The film boasts of a theme which not many film makers would like to explore. Yet, Shoojit and John make the film beautifully, and successfully come out with flying colors. And not to forget the earnest performance from VJ-turned actor Ayushmann Khurrana and television actress Yami Gautam!
The film is set against a middle-class Delhi family comprising a highly fashionable and progressive ‘saas’, a widowed but loud-mouthed ‘bahu’, and her good-for-nothing son (who else but our hero Vicky?!). Pampered by his grandma Biji (Kamlesh Gill), but constantly nagged by his mom (Dolly Ahluwalia), Vicky (Ayushmann Khurrana) is a jobless guy, with all the make-believe ‘Delhi-ite’ mannerisms in him.
Then there is Dr. Chaddha (played hilariously by the brilliant Annu Kapoor) who runs an infertility clinic, and helps bring a smile on the sad faces of childless couples. As he says, he has the power of recognizing people with special sperms just by looking at their faces. So when he spots Vicky, he is convinced that Vicky’s sperms are one helluva kind, and only they can save his clinic from shutting down. After much persuasion (which gives us many a ‘Laugh Out Loud’ scenes), Vicky agrees and successfully donates his super-sperms to as many as 53 couples!!
And soon, our hero meets his lady-love, a Bengali banker Ashima Roy (played by Yami Gautam). But he cannot disclose anything about his profession to anybody, and here is where the film gets emotional. Hold on! If you thought that the film ceases to entertain, then you are far from right. In fact, you wait to know what happens next.
The writer of the film, Juhi Chaturvedi, needs special mention as she does a brilliant job and makes sure that you do not leave the theatre disappointed. The film is a complete ‘paisa vasool’ right from the word ‘GO’! The music of the film flows spontaneously and does not appear to have been forcefully stuffed into the film.
Both the lead actors are superb, and their confidence does not make you believe that this is their first film. If Ayushmann is impressive and stylish, Yami is effortless and charming. The supporting actors keep up the liveliness of the film, belting out witty dialogues and thus making it a must-watch for everyone.
Director Shoojit Sircar balances both comedy and drama in this well-woven tale revolving around a sperm donor. The film may be small on the budget, but it has a big heart. TOI gives 3 ½ stars out of 5 to this film, while Glamsham rates it a 4 star out of 5. Quite impressive for a fresh film!
Final verdict: Catch the film at a theatre near you right now!
Release Date: April 20th, 2012
The director who made a breath taking foray into the world of glamour and glitz with an effective portrayal of life and romance in a blazing Kashmir, especially when it is a marriage between two of the most barbaric religions is now back with his second venture. While his maiden flick was hard hitting, Shoojit Sircar has settled for a romantic comedy this time. A rom-com against the backdrop of sperm donation and infertility, the film features debutante actor Ayushmann Khurrana alongside first time actress Yami Goutam. Both the protagonists hail from the world of television and are well known faces on the small screen scenario. Incidentally, the concept of sperm donation is not something new to our lovable Punjabi lad as he had already donated sperms while his stint at the MTV Roadies Season two! Waah waah!
Ayushmann, the MTV Video Jockey and a host to a platter of television shows plays the rople of Vicky Arora, a Punjabi munda who ends up donating his sperms for all right reasons. Spotted by Dr. Chaddha played by the versatile Annu Kapoor for his effective genes, Vicky is caught in a world where Sperm donation is still a taboo, in spite of the hype and euphoria that surrounds it. Playing Vicky’s love interest in the film is our Fair and Lovely girl Yami Goutam who gets into the character of Neha with consummate ease.
The director felt that the role needed a bona fide Punjabi characterization and agreed to cast Ayushmann in the lead. Khurrana has also confessed to turning down three Bolly debut offers for the role that he essays in the 2 hour long marathon. Not only that, he was so involved with the film making that he even incorporated one of his soulful renditions in the film’s album, one which has become one of the most downloaded songs today. ‘Paani Da Rang’ is a melodious romantic number which Ayushmann had penned during his college days, for his lady love in real life. When Shoojit insisted for a love song, he put in the question of incorporating his creation and now, you can see its effects.
Plus, the biggest news surrounding the film is our most favourite style hunk: the handsome, dashing suave thief from Dhoom is all set to steal your dil this time, but as a producer! Yes, John Abraham Entertainment spearheaded by the Dostana actor is all set to gambade on the brand wagon with their quirky comedy dealing with a less spoken social theme. Reportedly, producer John was so impressed seeing Vicky in the film that he signed the Roadies winner for another project titled ‘Humaara Bajaj’. Lucky boy, must say! John has also grooved to an item number from the film which is creating ripples all around, thanks to the exquisite setting.
The film might be a low budgeted film but it is expected to create fireworks post its release, thanks to the colossal mass acceptance and appreciation that surrounds the film already. If ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ broke all records created by small budgeted movies, ‘Vicky Donor’ is expected to create thunderstorms at the box office. In half a week’s time and even less, the rest would soon be History!
We can just reverberate the film’s statement: ‘Just Do it’!