Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Annu Kapoor, Yami Gautam
Director: Shoojit Sircar
There were many reasons for me to go and watch this movie and I bet you, all those reasons were not worth it.
A Bengali director, who is just one film old in the industry (so what if he has a vast experience of ad films), lead pair who make their debut in the industry with this film, a not-so-successful actor who turns producer with this film; what would you expect from such a movie. And ya, the subject, sperm donation ( a topic never being touched in Indian cinema).
But everything said above is rubbish. Everyone associated with the movie have done a great job. You feel you are watching something you see around you everyday.
The story is simple, a Punjabi boy (Ayushmann) falls in love with a Bengali girl (gorgeous Yami) and after a series of inter-caste mash up get married in Bengali tradition (I bet you don't want to miss this wedding).
Let me tell you that this is what every other film would have if it was based on an inter-caste issue.
But what this film offers is much more than that.
Dr Chaddha (Annu Kapoor), who runs a fertility clinic in Daryaganj is in dire need of good quality sperm for his wealthy patients. Dr Chaddha, based on this expertise is also how he knows that his search for that perfect sperm donor ends when he sees Vicky Arora (Ayushman). “Bande ki shakal dekhke uske sperm ko pehchaan jaata hoon…” is what he says to convince a happy-go-lucky Vicky to become a donor.
And then the funny ride begins of the doctor to convince his 'Aaryaputra' to do the socially unethical job for him.
For once, Vicky agrees to do it for him and gets highly paid for it too (for once I started thinking where was this job mentioned in any of the annual surveys done by business magazines). Life changes for Vicky when he meets a Bong bank worker Ashima (Yami). Life gets upside down for Vicky when Ashima knows about his 'profession'. Yaami (the cute girl who played Leher in 'Yeh Pyar Na Hoga Kam') has certainly made an impressive debut.
Full points to Annu Kapoor who gives his best as the doctor and entertains us with his funny Punjabi accent. Loved the way he describes people in terms of 'spaarms'.
Vicky's mom and ultra modern daadi share an equally good screen space and have delivered their part with excellence.
Juhi Chaturvedi, the writer has done a fabulous job and also full marks to her for penning some great dialogues (most of them have a pannjabi touch to them) which will leave you asking for more.
Soojit Sircar, the director, knows how to extract the best from his actors.
Ayyushmann has done his job well and it can be the best subject to work for a person who has already done it years ago during his first stint on TV (Ayushmann successfully completed the task of sperm-donation on Roadies 2, which he won, pun intended).
However, I felt the script a bit loose post-intermission but that never makes you repent as the movie has lot more to offer.
Another great thing about the movie are songs. Rum Whiskey comes twice in the movie (once with John as an item boy) and you won't mind shaking a leg to the track. The track has lot more than beats to it. Pani Da Rang (both male and female version) is being composed by Ayushmann and he has also sung the male version. The song has a fresh touch to it. Mar Jaiyian is the separation song and is beautifully composed. However I like the romantic version of it which is not being included in the movie.
With such a low budget (5 cr), the movie is going to be a hit and yield profit for producer John Abraham. The movie is certainly a must-watch and perfect way to spend your Sunday evening.