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04-20-2012, 06:25 AM #1
Exclusive Movie Review Of Vicky Donor (20 Apr 2012) By Taran Adarsh
On the whole, VICKY DONOR is a small film with a big heart. The makers have had the courage to bring a diverse issue out in the open, narrating a daringly different story without getting preachy. Witty, funny and also emotional, VICKY DONOR is forward-thinking, progressive commercial cinema which vastly enlightens and hugely entertains!
A wise man once remarked, "If we can donate blood to save a life, why can't we donate sperms to grant a life?" Couples are ready to pay big bucks for the sperm of well placed males. The amount varies depending on the looks, personality, academic ability of the donor. Despite this, we're too shy to discuss issues relating to artificial means of fertilization. Couples suffer years of infertile living, but are in two minds when told to opt for the scientific and legal techniques of external fertilization. Despite a contemporary outlook, some of us still consider it taboo to address sex-related matters candidly, which explains why the concept of a sperm donor on celluloid is unthinkable. A film like VICKY DONOR shuns the conventional plot and narrates the story of a sperm donor, thus bringing the issue out in the open determinedly.
John Abraham turns producer with a forward-thinking, avant-garde movie that holds worldwide appeal. In fact, a lot of actors' foremost production centres around themselves, capitalizing on their star power, but John's initiative of opting for an offbeat theme and choosing a newcomer to enact the principal lead needs to be lauded. Above and beyond, the endeavor to transport the issue of artificial insemination out of the closet and presenting it in a light tone in the backdrop is an added move that merits acknowledgement.
In an environment where the job pressures are high and couples lead an erratic and unhealthy lifestyle, Dr. Baldev Chaddha [Annu Kapoor], a well-qualified fertility expert, runs a fertility clinic and a sperm bank in Daryaganj, New Delhi. Unfortunately, he has more failed cases to his credit than successes. A healthy, high-performing donor is the need of the hour.
Vicky Arora [Ayushymann Khurrana], a young, good looking Punjabi guy from Lajpat Nagar, is the only son and of no financial support to his mother Dolly [Dolly Ahluwalia], a widow, who runs a small beauty parlor from home. As luck would have it, a small brawl in the colony brings Dr. Chaddha and Vicky face to face, where Chaddha concludes that Vicky could be that donor he has been looking for. From here on, Dr. Chaddha's days and nights are spent in convincing Vicky to become a donor till he finally gives in.
Vicky finds his love interest in Ashima Roy [Yami Gautam], a pretty Bengali girl, who works in a bank. But soon their hunky dory world comes crashing down because of Vicky's past as a donor.
A youth-centric movie with a humorous theme, VICKY DONOR is fundamentally a romantic comedy between a Punjabi boy and a Bengali girl set against the backdrop of sperm donation. Nonetheless, director Shoojit Sircar takes a light-hearted, optimistic look at the issue, coming up with a film that entertains and enlightens the viewer vis-à-vis infertility and artificial insemination. VICKY DONOR may be a diminutive film in terms of budget and costing, but when you see the issue it tackles, it does not give the impression of being an undersized film.
Director Shoojit Sircar takes giant strides as a raconteur, balancing the two halves adroitly. While the first hour tilts towards light moments, the drama, or the twist in the tale, comes up in the post-interval portions. I'd like to make a special mention of the screenplay [Juhi Chaturvedi]. Not once does it deviate to the tried and tested track. It's engaging content from commencement to conclusion and along with a set of impeccably cast actors, it's one joy ride you can't afford to miss. Having said that I'd like to add that the movie loses some steam [for a few minutes] in the post-interval portions, but, thankfully, VICKY DONOR doesn't get unbalanced. The movie accomplishes what it sets out to do -- it enlightens and entertains and that, in my opinion, is no puny achievement.
The music of VICKY DONOR is better than expected. 'Rum Whiskey' [appears twice in the movie] is addictive, while 'Pani Da Rang' [both male and female rendition] adds a lot of weight to the soundtrack. The dialogue, penned by Juhi Chaturvedi, are in sync with the mood of the film. The North Indian dialogue-baazi, especially the conversation between Ayushmann's mother and grand-mom, stands out in the film.
It's a performance-oriented role and Shoojit Sircar has, very aptly, chosen a deserving candidate for the assignment. Ayushmann is a complete natural, has all the trappings of a fine actor and delivers a super confident performance. I'd like to single out two sequences that make you appreciate that he's an artiste of caliber and aptitude. One, when he reaches Kolkata to fetch his wife and two, the finale, when he visits an orphanage. Annu Kapoor is an exceptional actor, no two opinions on that, and he's outstanding here. The gifted actor adjoins enormous humor to his character and his mode of selecting a sperm donor on the basis of personality, race, academic ability and other factors evoke immense mirth. Popular television actress Yami Gautam makes an imposing debut. She adds enormous value to the movie by her act, screen presence and striking looks. She's truly admirable towards the latter part of the film.
Dolly Ahluwalia is exceptional and so is Kamlesh Gill, who enacts the part of Ayushmann's progressive grand-mom. In fact, the grand-mom is quite a scene-stealer! Jayanta Das, enacting the role of Yami's father, is proficient. John Abraham manages to pack a punch in a song.
04-20-2012, 06:47 AM #2
04-21-2012, 11:42 AM #3
Movie Review: Vicky DonorStar Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamlesh Gill
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Producer: Sunil A Lulla, John Abraham, Ronnie Lehri
Vicky Donor is a story about Vicky Arora (Ayushman Khurana), a young, good-looking, but unemployed Punjabi guy from Delhi. He then meets Dr Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor), a well qualified fertility expert, running a fertility clinic. Chaddha finds a healthy and high performing donor in Vicky. After Chaddha's spending days and nights convincing Vicky, he finally agrees. Later, Vicky too starts enjoying the money and meanwhile gets married to Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam), but soon their hunky dory world comes crashing down because of Vicky's past as a donor.
The flick excels when it comes to the entertainment quotient, required in any movie to make it worth watching. With a brief emotional roller coaster ride, Vicky Donor deals with a sensitive issue of sperm donation, in quite a light-heart manner. The Punjabi tadka and Delhi culture adds sparkle to an interesting subject. It definitely not just targets youth, but also assures entertainment aesthetically. The first half tickles your funny bone, while the second seems to be dull in parts, but Ayushmann Khurrana doesn’t allow you to take your eyes off him with his excellent portrayal of the character with different shades.
Ayushmann Khurrana definitely steals the show, however, Annu Kapoor provides him with a strong platform which makes the film flawless. Yami Gautam is natural and is convincing in her portrayal of an independent and emotional woman. A character like Vicky Donor definitely demands a novel actor like Ayushmann, who does justice to a character which goes through a journey of emotions. Annu Kapoor’s ‘sperm language’ too speaks volumes about his acting prowess. However, what needs a special mention is Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky’s mother) and Kamlesh Gill (Vicky’s grandmother). The characters have added life to the story and don’t miss out on any chance to enthrall the viewer with their Punjabi charm.
Shoojit Sircar chose to deal with a sensitive subject in a comic manner, while keeping the youth taste intact in the movie. Yes, the director undoubtedly leaves a mark. The rhythm between science and emotions is maintained without creating awkward moments. Shoojit manages to maintain the interest with the adequate dose of emotions without making the film go overboard.
Dialogues are simple and depict the Punjabi and Bengali culture, efficiently. Cinematography is decent, while music helps the movie proceed without allowing it to take away the connectivity factor. Rum Whisky, Pani Da Rang and the Punjabi music in the wedding helps the narration of the emotions.
Ups and downs:
No big star cast which will attract audiences to the theatre. However, natural and brilliant performances will surely speed up the word-of-mouth publicity process for the flick. It’s definitely a must watch if you genuinely crave for different, entertaining and paisa-vasool cinema. For all the John Abraham’s fans, who want to catch a glimpse of the actor, Vicky Donor would be an entertaining blow.
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04-22-2012, 06:31 AM #4
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04-22-2012, 01:34 PM #7
Tweet Review: Vicky DonorAyushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam play the lead roles in 'Vicky Donor', John Abraham's first film as a producer. This romantic comedy revolves around the concept of sperm donation.
Winner of 'Roadies Season 2' and a popular TV host, Ayushmann makes his Bollywood debut with 'Vicky Donor'. Ayushmann says that he was waiting for the right opportunity for the past four years. Let's see whether he succeeds in grabbing eyeballs with his first Bollywood film or not. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the film is being released on April 20, 2012.
Ritu Verma Singh of IBNLive is in the theatre to do the live tweet review of 'Vicky Donor'.
1:59 PM: Vicky Donor marks the debut of TV host Ayushmann Khurrana.
2:04 PM: Sexpert Annu Kapoor's description of reproduction process is awesome.
2:08 PM: Ayushmann looks really convincing as the young spoilt Punjabi boy.
2:12 PM: Why can't parents let their kids decide their own profession. Vicky struggling with life.
2:16 PM: Family with a difference. Biji and mumma bond over drinks. Vicky loves shopping and manicures.
2:20 PM: Oye tussi Bong ho? Yes, I am not a Punjabi. Vicky Arora meets Ashima Roy.
2:23 PM: Infertility is modern life's cancer, Dr Chadda's gyan.
2:34 PM: Spark plug me carbon aya, kismat k lag gaye pakode. Mika does it again.
2:36 PM: It seems Vicky's girlfriends are not so cool about his new profession.
2:38 PM: Aa gaya tu? Nai abi traffic me hu.
2:41 PM: Bored to see Yami Gautam in the same saree in so many scenes.
2:42 PM: Delhiites and pani puri are inseprable.
2:47 PM: Gents ko samajh sake aesi lady bhagwan ne banai hi nai hai. Dr Chadda shares his trade secret with his ‘Indian Alexander’.
2:55 PM: Love is in the air. Tum pasand ho hume, ye ikrar hai, kho jane de.
3:00 PM: Don’t waste sperms in love-shuv. Ap k chakkar me bachelor mar jaunga main. Dr Chadda vs Vicky Donor.
3:04 PM: Time for some confessions. Will Vicky Arora reveal his hidden side?
3:07 PM: Time for ‘Pani Da', Ayushmann Khurrana rocks. Amazing song, superb picturisation.
3:11 PM: Sperm se upar uth k dekho, love nam ki chiz hoti hai. Will Vicky choose Ashima over Dr Chadda? Interval.
3:14 PM: Punjabis don't even take out price tags from gifts. CR park vs Lajpat Nagar, the usual Punjabi-Bengali divide.
3:20 PM: Punjabis love show off, Bengalis love fish, the battle seems unending.
3:26 PM: Dr Chadda is upset with the wastage of money and sperms. Finally time for some rum, whisky and balle balle. Vicky Donor the complicated sperm.
3:28 PM: Ye toh net practice thi, ek aur match khelegi mere sath...
3:37 PM: Trust matters most in a relationship. Now who will help Vicky Donor?
3:52 PM: Dr Chadda’s big plan for Vicky, time for some action.D-day for Vicky Donor.
4:01 PM: A moment is enough to change your life forever. Who doesn't like pleasant surprises from life.
4:12 PM: Bollywood loves happy endings. Vicky Donor is a fun film with a message. The film belongs to Ayushmann Khurrana, he is here to stay.
4:16 PM: It’s hard to imagine anyone other than Annu Kapoor as Dr Chadda. Yami Gautam fits the role. Full of comic moments, Vicky Donor is a must watch.
4:18 PM: Hats off to producer John Abraham for going the unconventional way. Out of 10 Vicky Donor deserves 8.5.
4:19 PM: After all ye world ek sperm hai, so fix a date with Vicky Donor soon.
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04-25-2012, 04:49 AM #9