Learning from my personal experience I can candidly say that its pretty difficult to write about a bad movie as one has to explain all the reasons behind the rejection. But its really very easy and exciting to write about a good & delightful movie made on a difficult subject like VICKY DONOR, which makes Bollywood take its next giant step towards maturity.
So first of all I would like to congratulate John Abraham to back & produce a film on such an off-track subject which is usually not supported by the producer community. I have always believed that after becoming hugely successful in your own field, it’s the duty of a person to support some good & meaningful projects which otherwise don’t get any approval from the fearful Industry. And with VICKY DONOR, John fulfils his duty in an impressive manner, without featuring in it in the lead role and giving a much deserving chance to the talented cast.
Secondly (as said earlier in a review), the film once again proves that ‘An Enjoyable, Must See Movie’ solely depends upon Writing, Writing & Writing alone. So the next set of wishes goes to both the director Shoojit Sircar and the screenplay-dialogue writer Juhi Chaturvedi for making a thoroughly enjoyable film offering many hilarious and thoughtful sequences with many well written lines right till the end. They both not only convert a serious subject of artificial insemination into an entertaining comic one but at the same time also retain the optimistic feel of the issue in a splendid manner. Moreover they also fulfill another requisite of Good Cinema in which movies should both entertain and enlighten the viewers about some rare issues of the society. And VICKY DONOR being a comic take will surely enlighten many more viewers of the country about this available medical technique, who might not be aware of it till now with a clear vision.
Third are the fabulous performances in the movie from its entire talented start cast interacting beautifully with each other. Actually the magic behind their great acts lies in the notable characterizations of their respective roles written realistically by Juhi. Ayushmann will surprise many in the industry with his completely natural, confident and captivating performance in the lead role of a sperm donor. And he really bowled me over with the way he speaks Punjabi in the film in a flawless style. Frankly there has to be someone behind that undoubtedly.
Annu Kapoor once again proves the exceptional talent he has in his outstanding portrayal of an Artificial Insemination Specialist Doctor operating from a small office in Daryaganj, next to Jama Masjid. His act readily proves that he is unarguably one of the most under-rated & under-utilised veteran actors of Bollywood till date. Yamini Gautam acts well and looks stunning on the screen as never before. In fact after a long time I felt like witnessing a character on the screen with whom the viewer can easily fall in love instantly. She adds both glamour as well as sensitivity to the project impressively and this is sure going to fetch her many more reputed projects soon. Admittedly, she is one of the reasons why I would like to see VICKY DONOR once again in the theater.
Jayanta Das as Yami’s father and the actress playing her aunt suit their roles perfectly. But one of the major appealing points of the film remain Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill who play Ayushmann’s mother and grandmother respectively. The two ladies are truly the scene-stealers here with their funky dialogues and great face expressions. Especially when they both are talking about their past experiences in a drunkard state and while dancing in the marriage sequences. The viewers are positively going to talk about them first while walking out of the hall before any other actor.
Musically VICKY DONOR gets ample support from two fine tracks played repeatedly in the film namely, “Rum Whiskey” and “Pani Da Rang”. John makes a friendly experience in “Rum Whiskey” played in the end credits and “Pani Da Rang” gels well with the story progression on the screen. The background score supports the comic feel of the film perfectly and cinematography is fine capturing the Delhi ambience in a realistic mode once again, after last few movies such as BAND BAAJA BAARAT & DO DOONI CHAAR.
Besides, the point which needs to be mentioned here essentially is that taking a clue from its promotional campaign on various channels, VICKY DONOR might appear to you as a rare comedy made on an off-beat sexual subject. But clearing this misconception I would like to reveal that along with being a hilarious take on the serious subject in its first half, VD is a great romantic film with heartfelt emotions in its later part. In true words, I would like to rate it amongst the best romantic films made in Bollywood which not only talks about an inter-caste marriage between a Punjabi & Bengali but which also revolves around a thoughtful subject of artificial insemination written brilliantly with some great comic touches and a fantastic climax.
VICKY DONOR also goes into the list of those well made successful movies which take huge support from Punjabi language and Delhi’s famous Punjabi Mohalla vibes for its entertaining script. Though frankly I don’t support the way the makers show the Punjabi ladies abusing and drinking heavily as if that’s a part of their daily routine. But still taking the reference on a lighter note, I would strongly like to recommend VICKY DONOR to all my readers here who wish to see something fresh coming from our own loving Bollywood. Especially the friends coming from Bengali and Punjabi origin, as they would all surely enjoy watching this thoughtful realistic comedy more than anybody else.
Ending with a strange question, which was also pointed out in a scene in the film, I would like to ask that if all the Palmists (the palm-lines readers) can tell how many children one has by looking at the lines on the palm, then how will they come to know about the children of a Sperm Donor whose sperm has been used by so many families?
But try to think only after watching the film as a must!
Ratings : 4.5 / 5 (Including 0.5 more because its not easy to make a romantic comedy based on such a serious theme.) - bobbytalkscinema.com