Kolkata, April 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) It takes a lot of guts on the parts of directors to choose serious, topical issues as the main theme for their movies. While films of this genre tend to be instructive and often contain sensitive messages (when well-made, that is!), such movies do not generally have the legs to have sustained, successful runs at the box-office (compared to romantic flicks or hard-hitting action films, in particular!).
Understandably, filmmakers have tended to stay away from selecting such ‘risky’ plots for their flicks. In the last few years, only the Shilpa Shetty-starrer ‘Phir Milenge’ (2004) managed to successfully deal with a subject (the AIDS disease) that is generally considered to be a social taboo.Last year, one of the episodes of Onir’s prize-winning ‘I Am’ also did delve into the topic of sperm donation.
Director Shoojit Sircar, who had made the heart-warming ‘Yahaan’ seven years back, now returns with ‘Vicky Donor’ – a movie that revolves round the concept of infertility and sperm transfer. The movie marked the first foray into film production by actor John Abraham and had an exciting lineup of promising youngsters among its cast members. The actual movie turns out to be a pretty engaging affair too!
In ‘Vicky Donor’, we meet eminent health and fertility specialist ‘Dr. Baldev Chaddha’ (Annu Kapoor), who plies his trade at Dariyaganj in New Delhi. The doctor owes his popularity to his unique business proposition – he promises to supply such specialized sperms that would be ideally suited to the exact requirements of his clients. However (and rather unsurprisingly!), ‘Dr. Chaddha’ hardly manages to get any success from his profession and his patients are often left totally unsatisfied. The doctor resorts to scouting for a willing, healthy person, who would be able to deliver him with a really special and effective sperm. Finding such a donor does not prove to be an easy task though!