Never a dull moment in 'Vicky Donor'

Published: April 21, 2012

This film is quite a fertile piece of work which says a lot more about life than we expect from it. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

When was the last time you saw a Bollywood comedy that made you chuckle and smile for two hours? When was the last time you saw a funny film that you wished wouldn’t end? When the last time you saw a film where every actor in a big or small role simply sparkled on screen?

“Vicky Donor” is original and thoroughly engaging. It makes you feel blessed and blissed.

How good it feels to watch a director pick up a pertinent issue and convert it into a perky precocious and endearing rom-com which is less rom and, ahem, a whole lot of cum. Indeed “Vicky Donor” is suffused with delectable plus points, not the least of them being debutant Ayushmann Khurana who seems to be born to play Vicky the…er donor.

Ayushmann-God bless his spontaneity-has formidable competition in the acting department from Kamlesh Gill and Dolly Ahluwalia who play his grandmom and mom, and from the redoubtable Anu Kapoor who as the sperm doctor, adds so much to his role and to the film you wonder why he isn’t seen more often in our films.

Each character is written with a keenness for details that go a long way in giving them a life beyond the camera.

Delhi, done to death in film after film, re-awakens in “Vicky Donor”. Kamaljeet Negi’s cinematography makes no overt attempt to explore the city through the topography. Sircar’s splendid direction takes us into the heart of Delhi. The people, their homes and specially their spoken language come alive in ways that cinema has ceased to offer in recent times.

I’d give the film the thumbs-up for the sheer exuberance joy and conversational authenticity expressed in the spoken words. Writer Juhi Chaturvedi is a prized find.

And cherish this film’s ability to turn the subject of sperm donation into a joyous celebration of life. There are no dull moments in the narration. No character walks by in Sircar’s Delhi just for the heck of it. There are no incidental characters. Even the guy on the road who calls out the leading lady’s name on Vicky’s behalf is there because he belongs to the film’s perfect-fitted jigsaw design depicting domesticity and adversity in the competitive city.

Never in living memory have I seen a film where every character comes alive as an individual. If Dr Malpani(Anu Kapoor) is quite a character, so is his assistant Chaman(Bupesh Pandya) and his nurse Lata(K.V Rajni). If Ayushman’s Vicky is a scenestealer, so is his romantic lead, the lovely Yami Gautam who as an independent working girl from a Bengali family brings a disarming grace to her character.

“Vicky Donor” is a precious and important work of art. It negotiates an unusual theme with the least amount of fuss and the maximum warmth and vigour. The scenes are woven with seamless serenity into one another. Like life, the film is not only about laughter. The heartbreaking moment where Ayushmann holds his sleeping mother’s hand defines the undercurrent of somberness that life in Delhi constantly secretes.

Scratch the surface, and the pain under the bravura display of flamboyance and gaiety comes to the surface.

“Vicky Donor” gets that urbane mix of the light-hearted jaunty mood at the top and the agony beneath, with pitch-perfect accuracy. The very act of attempting a film on a sticky subject like sperm donation suggests a dry staccato treatment. Pulling away from the pitfalls of pontification and self-importance, “Vicky Donor” simply takes us on a carefree joyride where the blend of pain and pleasure is never forced into the narrative. It just happens.

In a film industry saturated with slapstick double-meaning comedy, Shoojit Sircar has conceived a comedy on sex which is a not a sex comedy. No small achievement this.

Large-hearted and generously endowed with moments that you take away with you from the film even as John Abraham comes on screen for an irrelevant song and dance item, “Vicky Donor” is the surprise entertainer of the year. It is the warmest, funniest most sensible and sparkling comedy in a very long time. In Shoojit Sircar’s vision every single actor shines with a glorious naturalness. Ayushmann is effortlessly the discovery of the year.

As for the film, in Anu Kapoor words, there are impatient sperms, angry sperms, stupid sperms. Seen in those terms this film is quite a fertile piece of work which says a lot more about life than we expect from it.


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Reader Comments (15)

  • Saharanpuri
    Apr 21, 2012 - 2:20PM

    So has this film been released in Pakistan? Are all Indian films released there? How is the response to them IN Pakistan?Does Pakistanis like these off beat sort of films catering to city,multiplex crowds? WERE these movies released in pakistan N how was the response on box office?

    Kahaani
    Paan Singh Tomar
    Delhi Belly
    Stanley Ka Dabba
    Yes Saali Zindagi

    – Wednesday

    Life in a Metro
    Or mainstream movies like Dabanng n Wanted or My name is Khan only liked in Palistan

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  • Ravish
    Apr 21, 2012 - 11:36PM

    I too would appreciate if any Pakistani can respond to Saharanpuri’s question. Off late Bollywood has started venturing into off track plots, and I am curious how it is being perceived elsewhere.

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  • Blithe
    Apr 22, 2012 - 2:26AM

    Why is ET bent on covering trivial Bollywood?

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  • hgkjsk
    Apr 22, 2012 - 3:56AM

    superb movie

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  • unbeliever
    Apr 22, 2012 - 1:56PM

    @Blithe:

    bhai movie dekh uske baad bolna?

    the trivial is no more trivial. it seems that you have missed the recent movies of bollywood.

    just see the movies listed by saharanpuri, and then tell us?

    it may not have touched other movie industries, but has bettered itself off late.

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  • unbeliever
    Apr 22, 2012 - 5:00PM
  • Lubna
    Apr 22, 2012 - 6:18PM

    @ Saharanpuri
    Kahaani did very very well in Pakistan. I just couldnt get tickets for the movie for weeks! Because they were all booked before hand.
    The movie itself was brilliant and highly recommended so everyone wanted to watch it ofcourse :)
    Sorry, i dont know how well the other movies u listed here, did. Though yes almost all bollywood movies are put up in the cinemas in Pakistan…

    Also all the “different” bollywood movies that are coming out, are being highly appreciated here…this im sure of :) and happy about!

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  • Saharanpuri
    Apr 22, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Today watched the movie Vicky Donor in Delhi.Absolutely gem of a movie.Not only hilarious but touches your heart in scenes between Vicky N his lover n Vicky n his mother.The surprise item is own Anu Kappor n Kamlesh Gill as Granny.Dont ever miss it.Entire credit goes to scriptwriter Juhi & Director Shujeet.Music superb.Wow Dont miss it.

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  • Saharanpuri
    Apr 22, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Great to know n its a pleasant surprise to note offbeat movies being apprciated in pakistan like Kahaani.Just watch other movies mentioned by me all are superb.Was Delhi Belly released in Pakistan n whether VD has been released?

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  • pradeep
    Apr 22, 2012 - 9:36PM

    why would Pakistanis watch Indian movies. Also why does this article say OUR movies when talking about Annu Kapoor. These are Indian movies and not Paki

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  • Saharanpuri
    Apr 23, 2012 - 11:16PM

    All Punjabi pakistani wud really enjoy this movie due to familiar language,songs,language .

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  • Lubna
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:23AM

    @ Saharanpuri….
    Yes Delhi Belly was released here…
    And i am dying to watch VD…but somehow it hasnt been released here…
    so ill just have to wait for a DVD to come out, so i can watch it. I am sure Ayushman s done a great job, since the promos look very promising.

    Will watch the other movies u mentioned as well.

    @ pradeep…
    Why would Pakistanis watch them? For the same reason that the entire world watches Bollywood movies…
    And because we understand the language very well. And because Bollywood stars are very popular in Pakistan. And because we admit with full sincerity that Pakistan’s movie industry needs to improve a lot, so in the meantime we watch Hollywood and Bollywood movies to entertain ourselves.
    Hope the above mentioned reasons are good enough?
    If not, then please tell my why any Indian would watch a Hollywood movie…

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  • Deepwater
    Apr 25, 2012 - 4:12AM

    @Lubna

    Thanks for your insight. I am glad Pakistani viewers enjoy offbeat movies as well. Hopefully, the sustained success of small films will mean that more such films will get made.

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  • Saharanpuri
    Apr 29, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Was this film finally released in Pakistan or u r still unfortunate enough not to see it on big screen? Please dont miss the movie.

    Juhi Chaturvedi the script n dialogue writer is the real power behind the movie.Salim Khan just donated his Filmfare trophy to her.

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  • Somesh
    Apr 29, 2012 - 11:57AM

    @lubna – I lik ur answer to pradeep. apt reply to such a silly question. :) Njoy good movies & spread love n peace.Recommend

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