Vicky (Ayushmann Khurrana) is an unemployed Delhi boy who is certain he doesn't want to join his uncle's clothing business or run his mother's parlour. He wants a job that gives him "respect and class", but we don't see him give a single interview or fill in a single job application form.
What we do see him doing is loiter at the mall during day and drink with friends in the evening.
His widowed mother Dolly (Dolly Ahluwalia) is naturally worried. Running the household with her beauty parlour income, taking care of Vicky, and his grandmother has left her drained. She now warns Vicky as he's leaving the house - "paise kamake aiyyo".
Enter Dr Chadha (Annu Kapoor) of Chadha Fertility Clinic who is in a bit of a fix. Having committed to some very important clients, Chadha is now searching for a donor with the right sperm. His search (through a detective) leads him to our no-good hero, who has "AryaPutra" goods.
While Vicky is initially reluctant to do such type of "non-veg type" work, he warms up after seeing the moolah.
Vicky is now gainfully employed and all's swell, till he falls for Ashima (Yami Gautam), the pretty girl at the bank. What's more, she's a Bengali. What now?
There are so many things to relish in the film. One of them is the masterfully moulded characters and their dynamics - like the one between Dolly Arora and her mother-in-law (Kamlesh Gill). These two characters are created with such love, you fall for them instantly.
While Dolly is the tough-talking businesswoman with a heart of gold, the grandmother is surprisingly progressive-minded with very materialistic wants like a flat-screen TV.
Again Dr Chadha is so much fun to watch with his obsession over the sperm and his wily ways to get Vicky to do the job. Even Ashima's family is a delight – the proud Bengali father and the spinster aunt.
The film is replete with nuances – Dolly won't ditch her old bank where they've had an account 'since partition' and Dr Chadha's car and office is decorated with little sperm-shaped toys.
Dialogue is super-fun, folding in authentic Delhi's C-Block lingo, with an over-the-top cinematic license. So you have grown-ups saying "mummy swear", with names like Sunny, Bunty, and Pepsi.
Indeed, the true heroes of the film are story, screenplay, dialogue writer Juhi Chaturverdi and director Shoojit Sircar (Yahaan, 2005). As also John Abraham, who turns producer, for choosing to back this unconventional film.
But performances are not to be left behind; they will fill you up, especially by the peripheral characters. Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamlesh Gill and Annu Kapoor (reminding you of his Mr India act) are astoundingly good.
As for the leading pair who are making the progression from TV: Ayushmann shows great promise, and serves up a fine performance while making it look effortless. Yami Gautam, too, impresses with a strong screen presence.
So there you have it - served up at the cinemas this week is a hearty film that makes you connect with the characters while making you making you laugh at the adorable idiosyncrasies of a Lajpat Nagar life.
As the Delhi wallahs say, not to miss!
Rating: 3.5 stars