Reviewing the Reviews: Vicky Donor

23 Apr,2012

Vicky Donor

 

Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor

 

Directed by: Shoojit Sircar

 

Produced by: John Abraham

 

Written by: Juhi Chaturvedi

 

Critics are often so happy to report the release of an entertaining film that easy rah-rahs follow.  Vicky Donor is one such film—funny, with quirky characters, smart dialogue, and such a sense of joie de vivre, that hardly anyone was even willing to look at the improbable side of it– that sperm donation can hardly be a career for healthy young men with no other skills.  And nobody, but nobody can make a fortune out of it.  Plus there are moral and emotional angles to it that the film doesn’t even touch upon.

 

Still it can’t be denied that the film is entertaining, and deserves the 3 and above stars that it got from all reviewers.

 

Anupama Chopra of Hindustan Times gave it 3.5 and commented: “Vicky Donor is one of those rare Hindi films that work purely on the strength of writing and performances. There are no crutches here of stars, sets, styling or foreign locations. But director Shoojit Sircar and writer Juhi Chaturvedi create a heart-felt, keenly observed comic-drama. Sadly, Vicky Donor derails in the second half – the climax is flat-out foolish – but until then, it’s great fun.”

 

Aakanksha Naval-Shetye & Chaya Unnikrishnan writing in DNA, felt: “Sure the film is not without it’s flaws. There are parts when the editing could’ve been tighter and the climax does seem a tad bit far fetched too, but in the bigger picture, these are minor chips that one can overlook in favour of the entertainment the film otherwise provides. Overall, it’s absolutely worth your money, so go for it!”

 

Ritu V Singh of IBN Live writes: “Shoojit Sircar proves himself as a director with ‘Vicky Donor’. The film which starts with ‘Sperm bhi koi donate karne ki chiz hai’, ends with a positive message without too much of preaching. Good effort by producer John Abraham who also turned an item boy for the film. It seems, John has worked hard on his dancing skills. Overall, ‘Vicky Donor’ is a lighthearted fun film, which meets expectations. It definitely deserves a watch.”

 

Kunal Guha of yahoo movies gave it a rare 4-star rave: “Movies that try to cleanse socially disreputable professions tend to get preachy and subsequently boring. But donating one’s seed to enable the seedless garden a happy family is a cause that cannot be covered in a classroom. So director Shoojit Sircar takes us to downtown old Delhi where we breeze through this hilarious adventure that ends in just 122 minutes, leaving you craving for more. While the very mention of sperm donation makes many cringe, this film manages to make the noble deed seem respectable without  compromising on the hilarity that one associates with the process of donation.”

 

Sukanya Varma of rediff.com, writes: “Often, sex and everything it entails is a matter of prudence, provocation or parody. On a few occasions, however, it’s treated as a perfectly healthy science with its share of hiccups and humour. Like Shoojit Sircar’s latest film, Vicky Donor. As its cheeky title suggests, the part rom, part com dwells on how there’s no need to get all queasy over a little round thing with a tail just because it’s outsourced without really dwelling too much on the sensitive nature of infertility.”

 

Madhureeta Mukherjee of the Times Of India, gave it  3.5 stars, which seems less for the paper that is usually generous: “Director Shoojit Sircar is back with a bold, first-of-its-kind concept that’s taboo. He makes this sperm of an idea swim all the way. He intelligently uses comedy to break mindsets, without embarrassing moments.”

 

Komal Nahata looking at it from a trade point of view and a little cautious with praise was still 3 star optimistic: “What does not work, to a certain extent, is the latter part of the second half, which starts to play out like a regular love drama. Ashima’s estrangement, Vicky’s despair and the ‘happy ending’ climax are just not predictable but also boring to a certain extent. The crucial scene in which Ashima questions Vicky as to why he has not undergone tests to clear the fact that is he not infertile, stands out like a sore thumb. The drama lacks scenes that might bring tears to the viewer’s eyes. Besides, Vicky’s character endears himself to the audience but they do not necessarily root for him. The orthodox among the audiences will also enjoy the film to an extent, but they might not like the basic plot, which deals with a social taboo.”

 

Shubhra Gupta of the Indian Express, always a votary of the offbeat writes: “Sircar’s film, a morality tale wrapped up as a fun bon-bon, delivers enough sparkles to make us overlook the sagging bits. And that’s got to do with the perky writing, which leads to fresh characters who speak as they ought to, in flavourful, authentic settings.” From all accounts, the film is a safe bet at the box office. John Abraham can justifiably be proud of backing a dark horse in Shoojit Sircar.

 

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