Myth: Shah Rukh and Sex are the only two things that sell tickets.
Reality: Oh yeah?! Vidya Balan recently broke this myth with three consecutive hits solely riding on her talent. Vicky Donor further blasts this myth out of the window with a fluid script, dedicated direction by Shoojit Sircar, exemplary acting by every character in the movie and simple, honest story telling. Trust me; you don’t have to be a Punjabi or a Bong to enjoy this movie to the hilt though it sure is a bonus if you are. By some miracle if you are both, a fair warning: you may die laughing!
Myth: Big names + Big Bucks = Big Hit
Reality: Says who? After the public debacle of very private intentions in the shape of big budget movies, if producers still believe in it, they are in dire need of a career change. It is time to redo the math. Vicky Donor has neither the big names nor the big bucks. Only big name associated with it is John Abraham who has produced the movie and by God what a whopping career move.
With a tight budget and first time leads, the film manages to grab the attention of the viewer and boldly holds it till the end. Annu Kapoor proves to us yet again, why he is known as a veteran in acting. He plays Dr. Baldev Chaddha who runs a flailing infertility clinic, desperately trying to find a fitting super sperm donor for his wealthy over-ambitious clients.
Ayushman Khurana eases into the role of Vicky who sells his sperms for cash. If you think you loved him as a host in Reality shows, you will adore him as a jobless Punjabi munda who falls in love with a Bengali woman. Yami Gautam looks pretty in every frame and has done decent justice as Vicky’s love interest, Ashima.
You will fall hopelessly in love with Vicky’s ma and beeji, the loud saas-bahu jodi portrayed to perfection by Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill whose scenes put the stamp of authenticity into the Punjabi household. Ever positive and modern with expensive tastes, Kamlesh Gill as Beeji steals the scenes. You cannot but want to tuck her under your arm and introduce her to your elders at home just to lighten up your home.
Vicky Donor touches on a social issue without getting judgmental or preachy. It takes you along on a joy ride and you come out feeling happy knowing that your time and money were well spent. If you learn something out of it, good for you. If you haven’t, still good. As Morcheeba’s Skye Edwards croons, ‘Just Enjoy the Ride’!
A piece of Advice: Refrain from talking to your friends while watching the movie. I don’t think you would want to anyways because you will be busy laughing your guts out. If at any point, you feel like getting up and dancing to the beats feel free. Have fun!
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