Director: Shoojit Sircar, Writer: Juhi Chaturvedi Actors: Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor, Yami Gautam
‘[T]he world is a sperm’, says a fertility specialist in the film. Based around this interesting idea, Vicky Donor is a refreshing comedy. Ayushmann Khurrana makes a terrific acting debut with this film, delivering the assured performance of a seasoned actor.
Though it’s the decades old boy-loves-girl story, the idea of setting it against sperm donation is novel and engaging. It indicates a level of maturity to have made a classy comedy about a sperm donor with no trash or toilet humour. Terrific performances by the actors and punchy writing make the spine of the film.
Annu Kapoor, after his last memorable performance in 7 Khoon Maaf, proves his mettle once again in the character of a sperm-obsessed infertility specialist Dr. Baldev Chaddha. In his eyes, every man is the sum total of his sperms and wasting sperms as a bachelor is a colossal crime. He drives the point home so well that men who see this film might actually think twice on the instances of ‘wasting’ their sperm. He is over-the-top and outstanding.
Dr. Chaddha persuades the unemployed Vicky Arora (Ayushmann Khurrana) to donate sperm which he believes belongs to the pure Aryan race. As the happy-go-lucky Punjabi boy Vicky makes a habit of donating sperm for a living, he falls for a Bengali banker (the pretty Yami Gautam). Ayushmann is ably supported by Dolly Ahluwalia as his loud but lonely mother, and Kamlesh Gill as a modern and adorable grandmother. The characterizations are imaginative and bold. The women in the house entertain themselves with a peg or two every night before going to sleep to deal with the absence of male company.
The battle that ensues between the ‘cultured’ Bengalis and the ‘large-hearted’ Punjabis makes the film warm and entertaining. The characters despite being archetypes of their respective communities are relatable and convincing. Dialogues are crisp and powerful.
Unfortunately, after an utterly promising start the film veers towards a predictably conventional ending. The last half an hour of the film is dull and doesn’t match the rest of the film in its tone. The film that for the major part is novel and fresh in its approach disappoints in its climax when it narrows the whole thing down to a moralistic stand on donation of sperms as the resolution of conflict in the film.
However, the film is definitely worth a watch. It’s fun to imagine half the world as mobile sperms impregnated with explosive power!