12 Years Of Vicky Donor: Kamlesh Gill, A Wholesome Star To Come Out Of Ayushmann-Yami Film

Directed by Shoojit Sircar, Vicky Donor saw Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam in leading roles. Kamlesh Gill, who played the role of Daadi (grandmom), stole the show with her quirky one-liners. Read on to find out more about her...
12 Years Of Vicky Donor: Kamlesh Gill, A Wholesome Star To Come Out Of Ayushmann-Yami Film

12 Years Of Vicky Donor: Kamlesh Gill, A Wholesome Star To Come Out Of Ayushmann-Yami Film

Kamlesh Gill was 75 when she did Vicky Donor. This makes her the oldest star-discovery of Filmistan. When I had spoken to the veteran newcomer after the sperm-donation comedy Ms Gill was in the throes of ecstasy. “In all these years, I didn't get the attention that I'm now getting for my role in Vicky Donor. Acting was always a passion. When I'm acting on stage or television or in films, I feel alive and charged. Not too many roles like Vicky Donor are written. I'm lucky it came my way.”
Vicky Donor which hit the screens on April 20 received rave reviews for its concept as well as performances by Ayushmann Khurrana and Annu Kapoor. This was actor John Abraham's first production venture and Kamlesh was happy that her unconventional 'saas' act has been appreciated in it. “I'm getting calls from all over saying they love the rapport I share with Dolly Ahluwalia (who played her daughter-in-law in the movie). The whole idea of sharing a drink together is unconventional. But it has clicked. I guess it's a sign of how much our society and cinema have changed."
Kamlesh, who earlier did Imtiaz Ali's Socha Na Tha and Love Aaj Kal, says she was extremely well looked after by Sircar's unit."I suffer from arthritis and I am unable to be on my feet for too long. Shoojit adjusted my character accordingly. And Dolly was a wonderful co-star. I had a ball shooting this film.”
Kamlesh has two daughters, both married and settled away from home. Acting is her primary focus in life. “I could've done many more movies. In the 1970s, my serial Aur Gham Bhi Hain Zamanein Mein became very popular and I got a lot of movie offers. But my husband passed away and I had to focus on my daughters. Such is life."
Besides Kamlesh Gill, Vicky Donor also gave us Ayushmann Khurrana and Yami Gautam who went on to crave a niche for themselves. How good it feels to watch a director pick up a pertinent issue and convert it into a perky precocious and endearing rom-com that is less rom and, ahem, a whole lot of cum. Indeed Vicky Donor is suffused with delectable plus points, not the least of them being debutant Ayushmann Khurana who seems to be born to play the fertile sperm-donor.
Ayushmann has formidable competition in the acting department from Kamlesh Gill and Dolly Ahluwalia who play his grandmom and mom, and from the redoubtable Anu Kapoor who as the sperm doctor, adds so much to his role and to the film you wonder why he isn't seen more often in our films.
Each character is written with a keen for details that go a long way in giving them a life beyond the camera. Delhi, done to death in film after film, re-awakens in Vicky Donor. Kamaljeet Negi's cinematography makes no overt attempt to explore the city through the topography. Sircar's splendid direction takes us into the heart of Delhi. The people, their homes, and especially their spoken language come alive in ways that cinema has ceased to offer in recent times.
One of the most creative and successful director-actor Jodi of recent times is that of Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham. The duo had first collaborated on Vicky Donor. Thereafter, they collaborated on Madras Café, one of John’s best films. In fact, it was Shoojit and John who had discovered Ayushmann Khurrana.
Shoojit and John had promised each other many promising joint ventures including a film based on a true-life footballer. The film, titled 1911, was to be made with Shoojit and John as co-producers and Ayushmann Khurana in the lead. Khurrana had even roped in his brother Aparshakti (a national-level footballer) to coach him. But nothing was heard of the project ever since.
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