Directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by actor John Abraham, the film stars Ayushmann Khurana, Yami Gautam and Annu Kapoor in the lead roles.
Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance. Annu Kapoor is an exceptional actor and he’s outstanding here. Yami Gautam makes an imposing debut. She adds enormous value to the movie by her acting, screen presence and striking looks. Dolly Ahluwalia is exceptional and so is Kamlesh Gill. The North Indian dialogue-baazi between them stands out in the film. The music of ‘Vicky Donor’ is better than expected.
A very simple and a light romantic comedy, Vicky Donor is not only about romance and drama. Through the conventions of a romantic comedy movie, the message of the so called social issue is easily and very smoothly imprinted into the viewers’ mind with flawless subtlety. As the story begins Dr. Chaddha, who runs an infertility clinic, is constantly after the unemployed yet worthy Vicky Arora to donate sperms. This is where the hint of disagreement with the idea of donating sperms would come into the minds of the conservative part of our society as Vicky, who represents our youth, himself finds it a little amusing and embarrassing. Ironically enough, once he donates his sperms for the first time, he is proud and satisfied.
The story goes on centered upon the life of Vicky, a typical Punjabi Delhiite. If you are a Delhiite, he is everything that you can identify yourself with. He loves playing cricket, lives with his family, is unemployed and yet is very lovable and loving too. His mother, a widow, and his Grandmother present a perfect hilarious saas-bahu picture with their continuous arguments in the day and the unusual drinking in the night. The broke Vicky, now gradually, gains a lot of money out of his embarrassing job and like a typical Delhi boy, spends all his money on his mother, her salon, their house and his family.
The harbinger to the turn of events which are to follow is when Vicky falls in love with a Bengali divorcee, Ashima, who works in a bank. In spite of some expected intercast problems between both the families of the Punjabi boy and the Bengali girl, they end up in a happy marriage.
The problem arises when Ashima finds out that she is not capable of delivering a baby but the major problem that follows is when everyone in the family finds out that Vicky is a sperm donor, a fact that he had been hiding from everyone all this time.
Ashima leaves him and returns to her family in Kolkatta, the only point in the movie where our fun loving, happy go lucky Delhi boy has to go through a bad phase. He is criticized by everyone be it his mother or his relatives or Ashima. At this point he starts avoiding Dr Chaddha’s cravings and gives up the idea of donating sperms anymore, furthermore hardening the conviction of the wrongness of the deed in the viewer’s mind.
Time passes, and Dr Chaddha is the one who saves Vicky out from all this mess by organizing a party for the 25th anniversary of his clinic where he invites all the couples who can call themselves ‘parents’ today and all because of Vicky. This is the climax when Ashima looks at all those 53 children born out of her husband’s sperms, being the reason for the happiness of their families. Vicky emerges as a hero when he and his wife adopt a little girl, also born out of his sperms, and who had lost both her parents in a car accident.
The climax made me teary-eyed and there was a definite change of mind from disagreement to confirmation with the idea of donating sperms. Want to know why? Watch the movie and you’ll know!
Reviewed by: Binny Babbar.