Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor is the surprise hit of the year and the director admits that he is amazed how the film light-heartedly touched on so many social taboos including infertility, sperm donation, divorce and adoption and not only found favour with the young people but also families and senior citizens.
“I was a little apprehensive initially. I wondered if people would be repulsed by the subject but they seem to have liked the way it’s been treated. Infertility expert Dr Aniruddha Malpani, who was a consultant on our film, thanks me today, saying this is not a ‘dirty’ job anymore. Since Vicky Donor’s release, his phone hasn’t stopped ringing and the number of donors have gone up 10 times,” says the director.
Thanks to a scene in the film, he’s also getting messages on Facebook from grateful ladies in Delhi and Punjab, who, after years of being served soft drinks at weddings, are now being offered liquor. Given the appreciation, one would expect him to get rolling with a sequel soon but he has no such plans: “I won’t do it because it’s a trend, but only if the character flows to the next level. For that I need a story and the idea hasn’t struck yet.”
However, he says that star producer John Abraham, lead actor Ayushman Khurrana and he are going to do two more films together. They are currently finalising the details on one but the other is still being scripted. “The film Hamara Bajaj revolves around a struggling actor from a small town,” says Shoojit. “And all that he goes through to showcase his skills and turn his starry dreams into reality. It’s a love story,” he adds.
No real names for fictional Jaffna Jaffna, the film that should start rolling around October and wrap up by the year end, the director admits, is inspired by the Indo-Sri Lankan conflict but is still a “work of fiction”. Refuting actor Prosenjit Chatterjee’s assertion that he’s playing Rajiv Gandhi, Shoojit says, “We’re still writing the film but we won’t be using any real names for our fictional characters. It’s time the story was told and as a director I’m inspired to reveal some untold fact. But Jaffna remains a piece of fiction from that time.”