John Abraham’s most remarkable contribution to Bollywood cinema till three weeks back was the display of his bare torso and handsome hulk in his starrers. That has been overshadowed ever since VICKY DONOR hit the screens and Bollywood audiences will hereafter remember John Abraham for two important reasons. The first one is for producing a clean, enjoyable comedy in his debut attempt as a producer and that too on a topic as sensitive as sperm donation. The second one is for having successfully resisted the temptation to be a part of the star cast of the movie and presenting himself on the screen only when the closing credits come on!
VICKY DONOR scores for several other reasons as well. It beautifully captures the eccentricities of the Punjabi and the Bengali families and their characters in a manner which does not hurt anyone’s sensibilities. It has some of the best humour-laden, down to earth dialogues which we have seen in recent times, without being crass. The characters are etched very sharply and while for the residents of Delhi who can identify the lingo and style readily, it is a veritable treat, for the non-Delhi crowd, it is just as enjoyable. The young team of the story, script and dialogue writer Juhi Chaturvedi and the director Shoojit Sircar seem to mesh well in creating the freshness and also deciding to keep sermonizing and seriousness out of the frames. That, by itself is highly creditable, considering the nature of the topic.
Of course, all this could have come to naught, but for the brilliant performance of the entire star cast. In the lead roles, both Ayushman and Yami Gautam display a chemistry like what we Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma had displayed in BAND BAAJA BAARAT; in addition Yami looks extremely fetching! Annu Kapoor has a large role and plays it perfectly; Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill, playing Ayushman’s mom and grandmom respectively, are outstanding.
VICKY DONOR is not without flaws. Vicky could have been shown to be partially employed to add credibility to the story; the anniversary celebration idea in the second half is bizarre, to say the least, considering the list of the invitees; the bank employee gradually getting drawn close to Vicky without going into details of what he does for a living sounds extremely unrealistic. And on the lighter side, I might as well mention, that till date I haven’t found any bank branch displaying a counter sign for “Internet Banking”!
But the positives have such a overwhelming influence, that it is difficult not to classify this as a must-see film!
RATING: 4 out of 5
May 30, 2012

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