Star cast: Ayushmaan Khurrana, Annu Kapoor, Yami Gautam, Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamlesh Gill.
There’s no python sucking at a man’s crotch in this film. A crocodile does not bite anyone’s bum. The hero does not pee on a haystack. And not a single ape farts. But what do you know, without any lazy gimmickry, Vicky Donor is still funny! Thank you, God! Thank you
Vicky Donor hit the theatres today and is a movie with a heavy Punjabi flavor following last week’s Bittoo Boss. Starring the ever pleasant Ayshmaan Khurrana, the equally irritating Annu Kapoor and a couple of new faces, the movie is helmed by Shoojit Sircar and Juhi Chaturvedi. John Abraham turns producer with this offbeat entertainer and Eros have made sure it has adequate number of screens to make an impact, 750 to be precise. The subject of infertility and sperm donors has been touched upon in a very entertaining way that makes you laugh and appeals to you on an emotional level.
‘Vicky Donor’ is set in Delhi where Dr.Chaddha (Annu Kapoor) runs an infertility clinic. He caters to a lot of infertile couples and his dream is to set up a sperm bank from where he can service all his clients. So, he is on the lookout for a suitable donor who is flamboyant, dashing and attractive. Vicky Arora (Ayushmaan), a 25 yrs old Punjabi youngster is the chosen one and after much coaxing and convincing, Vicky agrees, predominantly for the pocket-money. He is supported by his mom and grand-mom, who are among the coolest women around (Watch out how they talk to each other when drunk). As expected cupid also strikes and Vicky decides to settle down with Ashima, a Bengali banker. How his body of work as a sperm donor plays with his marriage life is the remaining part of the movie.
Annu Kapoor is a riot as the doctor who is always thinking about sperms. His mannerisms while he describes sperms in various adjectives like greedy, complicated etc. are to be seen to be enjoyed. Ayushmann Khurana is earnest and his versatility is amazing, especially when he turns from a street smart kid to the boy next-door who is madly in love. His smart, boy next door looks and his street smart ways make him a perfect fit for this role. Yami Gautam is angelic in her looks and is pretty decent in emoting as well, save the scene when she becomes serious and starts yelling. The mom and the grandmom light up the screen when they are around. The way they enjoy a drink will put even hardcore male drinkers to shame. The Bengali family of Ashima also provides some very enjoyable moments when they deliberate about the merits of Bengalis and the demerits of Punjabis prior to the marriage between Vicky and Ashima. The marriage scene is a real festival that is played out on screen.
The songs take the movie along and are all montages save the end credits song where John Abraham, the proud producer, flaunts his insane physique to the happy audience. The production values are all in line with the movie. Nothing flamboyant. Smart production.
The humor quotient of the movie is its biggest USP. It might not appeal to people who are a bit sensitive about sex and fertility. There is more than a fair share of sperm mentions in the movie. But, for the young minded, it’s a ‘laughathon’ all the way. The romance angle has also been treated very tastefully and realistically. The movie does lose its pace and energy when it becomes serious in the 2nd half for a while but, it recovers pretty well for a nice emotional climax that isn’t too cheesy or teary
What’s Good: The novelty and sensitive treatment of the subject; the comedy; the performances. What’s Bad: The second half, which plays out like an ordinary love drama; the lack of tear jerking moments. Verdict: Grab your tickets, your popcorn and enjoy this whole new experience which is super fun and has a heart as well. Loo break: A couple, especially in the climax. Watch or Not?:Watch it to have a good laugh but beware that the film has parts that won’t go down well if you are a conservative person.