The story per say may not have healthy males rushing to donate sperm. But it does drive home a point. Dr Baldev Chaddha (Annu Kapoor) who runs a fertility clinic and a sperm bank in New Delhi's Daryaganj area aptly explains the reason for cases of childlessness (read infertility). 'Stress,' he says is the one major factor. 'Husband is busy at work, he spends three hours going through and fro and when he is home he is again immersed in work leaving no time for his wife.' On the contrary, he says, villagers are more potent with birth rate on an increase!
The characterization and casting has a huge impact. In fact, that is the biggest plus after the 'out of the box' topic. The situations that arise sometimes have you in splits, and I believe it was never intentional. It's just the sheer genius of the actors and the director to let the situation be and go with the flow. More of that later, as we will first dwell on Dr Chaddha's problem at hand.
Dr Chaddha has more failed cases to his credit than he can handle. The pressure from couples for healthy sperm is mounting and Dr Chaddha chances upon Vicky Arora (Ayushmann Khurrana) in his neighborhood. His vast experience tells him that he is the man for his job. He then begins chasing Vicky to impress upon him the need. Vicky's mother (Dolly Ahluwalia) runs a beauty parlour from home and has to constantly face questions from neighbours as to when Vicky will start working. Vicky finally gives in and when his sample test proves what Dr Chaddha believed, business booms for both of them.
Suddenly, Vicky is flush with funds, not only from Dr Chaddha but also from happy parents who shower Dr Chaddha with money and gifts. Dr Chaddha passes on the 'bonus' to Vicky as well. No one yet knows Vicky's secret.
Vicky soon pursues Ashima Roy (Yami Gautam) who works in a bank. He is a North Indian and she is a Bengali. Ashima knows that Vicky is a business man who deals in 'Handi'crafts', while Dr Chaddha is his business partner. Will she ever learn the truth of her husband's past. And if she does, what will the reaction be? Is it ethical to donate sperm and does children from the donor legally bind the father to the many children he could have sired? While the last question is not addressed, the ethical issues are looked into.
Shoojit Sircar takes you on a madcap ride with a solid dose of sanity thrown in. He does not just shoot in the dark, but has a blueprint in front of him as he begins VICKY DONOR. The mood, setting, establishing the reason to donate and the final salvo he fires at the climax work big time.
Set in Delhi, he never even once loosens his grip on the dialect. It does annoy in the beginning, but when you understand Sircar's reasoning for his characters going 'Tussi, paaji, etthe,' you are sucked into Daryaganj. The scenes between Vicky's mother and grandmother (Kamlesh Gill) are hilarious. Both the ladies are unabashed in the approach of their situation. Vicky's mother has been widowed at a young age and has to manage the household, while his grandmother who has seen it all from the terrace of the house is the wise old woman. They may be constantly bickering, but deep down there is that solid bond that keeps them together.
The scenes when a Bengali father expresses his distress over his daughter wanting to marry a loud North Indian ('they don't remove the price tag from their clothes,' he yells) and Vicky's mother's shock when she realizes her son is settling for a Bengali are superbly handled.
Dolly Ahluwalia and Kamlesh Gill are splendid in their loud mad-cap characterization. They outperform themselves. Annu Kapoor as the distressed doctor who has to satisfy his patients is competent. Both the debutants Ayushmaan and Yami Gautam too, come up with an outstanding performance.
Ayushmaan sinks into the skin of the character. A typical, unemployed loud 25-year-old, who speaks his heart out. His snubbing of his neighbour's daughter and pursuing Ashima are natural. Yami Gautam too impresses with her performance. With looks to match, this girl is set to make a huge impact.
VICKY DONOR is not your typical Bollywood film. It is different. Daringly different. John Abraham has done well to partner as producer in this film that should generate a good Box Office return!