Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vicky Donor (2012)

After a great debut with the beautifully shot and severely underrated Yahaan, Shoojit Sircar offers Vicky Donor as his sophomore venture, the story of a vella Dilli da launda (Ayushmaan) who agrees to become a sperm donor for Dr. Baljit Chaddha's (Annu Kapoor) infertility clinic. Although he makes pot loads of money, which make his clueless mother (Dolly Ahluwalia) and grandmother very happy, things get complicated when he falls in love with an independent, outgoing Bengali girl (Yami Gautam) working in a bank.

Sircar hits a home run in his second innings. The film is undoubtedly the finest comedy I have seen since Khosla Ka Ghosla. Every aspect of it is spot on. The script is absolutely hilarious from start to end. The dialogues are ball bustingly funny in several places and the competition for the best scene is a tough one with plenty of candidates. My personal favourites are the drunk conversations between the mother and the grandmother and the scenes leading up to the marriage of the lead pair. These have you howling in laughter.

However, what makes the film truly great is in the way it handles the drama. Although it has been promoted as a comedy about sperm donation, it is so much more than that. It is a sweet, refreshingly honest love story with endearing, well fleshed out characters. Instead of sleepwalking or speeding through the drama to allow for more humour, those moments are handled with great care and maturity. The confrontation scenes in particular have been executed exceedingly well. The result is a genuinely heartfelt and moving experience where the viewer feels invested in the characters, a rarity in Bollywood comedies.

In terms of performances, Ayushmaan nails the role. He is absolutely convincing as the tharki with a heart of gold and the sperm count of Alexander. Yami Gautam looks gorgeous and enacts the dramatic scenes with surprising amounts of conviction. Together, they have tremendous chemistry and make for an attractive pair. Annu Kapoor is laugh out loud funny. The actor has been denied his due for a long time. Let's hope this film changes that. The actors playing the families of the lead pair fit their roles perfectly.

Overall, armed with a great script, solid acting and a nice soundtrack, Vicky Donor represents the changing times of Bollywood, where the quality of the film is its selling point rather than the glossy wrapping in which it is presented. Although the pacing could have been tighter in the second half, that is a minor glitch in an otherwise excellent film. It is an endearing love letter to the city of Delhi and its inhabitants. Alternately funny and heartwarming, it will leave you exhausted with laughter and maybe even a tear in the eye.

Rating: 4.5/5

2 comments:

  1. Now this is what I call an awesome movie. I went to the theater with very low expectation and came out with an impression of "Under promised and over delivered". Movie has an amazing pace along with a new concept and refreshing faces. Annu Kapoor was absolutely mind blowing as Balvinder Chadda. His punch lines added flavor to the movie. Yami was very natural and so was Ayushman. Every character was played so well. Sircar's direction was well known for Parineeta which was so serious movie adapted from a novel by Sarat Chandra but I never imagined that he can direct such humorous scripts as well. I am impressed. A must watch for all.

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  2. well... while i generally agree with ur opinion and review of movies, i wud have to say that this movie is not worth a 4.5 .. it might have its moments but a lot of it was just unbearable for me.

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