Shoojit Sircar is back after a long time and it’s good that his film has got acclaim. It’s good that small films, with relatively unknown actors and good stories are being appreciated. Not that Ayushman needs introduction in the youth circles…
So this movie touches the VIRGIN territory of Sperm Donation and Infertility, which is great. What’s even better is the treatment of the issue. At no time, does a movie about SEX feel CHEAP. Which is a great thing because most Hindi movies turn Family entertainers into Cheap films with inane sexual innuendos.
Now, the movie is based in Delhi and rides on the funny, large hearted Punjabi traits, like many many films in the recent past. But Ayushman, his mom and his grandmother give it such a brilliantly refreshing angle that you just strap onto your seats and laugh out loud. Ayushman is flawless when it’s all fun. He is extremely likeable and seems at ease in front of the camera. Anu Kapoor, as the Infertility Doctor, does a great job at carrying the message through and Yami Gautam does a praiseworthy job.
The first half of the film is breezy, likable and infact, great fun. The Punjabi dialogues are sprightly and the scenes crisp. The Bengali-Punjabi faceoff is fun too, though not completely refreshing or novel. But things start going horridly wrong 3/4th way through. Sircar looks in control in the fun bit, but loses it towards the serious bit. The film suddenly jumps into a completely different terrain and Sircar just loses grip! There are unlimited songs forced in and the screenplay suffers. It actually gave me a pretty bad headache, which is sad because I loved the first half.
Infact, Ayushman also shows the lack of depth he has as an actor and Yami hams in the difficult bit. It’s Anu Kapoor who holds fort and carries the film through. It’s like Sircar loses fertility half way through and his film ALMOST DELIVERS!!! Nonetheless, it’s a fun movie that must be caught on DVD if not the theatre. A one time watch for sure. Vicky Donor deserves a hand !!! but not more….
Rating: 5 / 10