Vicky Donor Review: Script Analysis
Juhi Chaturvedi’s story is novel and interesting. Her screenplay is very entertaining in the first half and makes for a fun watch. The eccentricities of the unusual Delhi migrant family, the Aroras, make for good entertainment. The scenes where Vicky bumbles around in life, where Dr. Chaddha chases him incessantly, where his mother and grandmother sit down for their end-of-day drinks, are all very funny. Vicky’s wooing of Ashima is cute, as are the scenes where the two families interact before and during the marriage.
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.
Vicky Donor Review: Star Performances
Ayushmaan Khurrana makes a confident debut. He is easy on the eyes, endearing and extremely natural. His comic timing and accent are perfect for the role. Annu Kapoor, as Dr. Baldev Chaddha, impresses. His constant nagging at Vicky irritates not just Vicky but the audience too! Yami Gautam is a looker and she performs ably as Ashima Roy. She does alright in the emotional scenes. Dolly Ahluwalia (as Dolly) is a delight to watch. Her interactions with Kamlesh Gill (Vicky’s grandmother) are one of the highlights of the film. Others offer good support.
Vicky Donor Review: Direction & Technical Aspects
Director Shoojit Sircar makes a narrative which is fresh and entertaining. He must be praised for his sensitive and sensible handling of the subject of sperm donation. However, if he could have made the latter half of the drama less predictable and more impactful, the film might have turned out much better. Abhishek-Akshay’s music is memorable. The lyrics are fine. Bishwadeep Chatterjee’s background score is delightful. Kamaljeet Negi’s cinematography is fine. Editing, by Shekhar Prajapatim, is alright.
Vicky Donor Review: The Last Word
On the whole, Vicky Donor is an entertaining fare. Go for it!