Actress Yami Gautam has said that Vicky Donor (2012) should have been India’s official submission for the Oscars, as opposed to Barfi! (2012). Vicky Donor starred Yami and Ayushmann Khurana and is based on an young unemployed man who becomes a sperm donor. It was one of the major critical and commercial hits of 2012 and has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its innovative screenplay, music and performances.
Asked by a leading Indian newspaper if she was upset over Vicky Donor not being submitted to the Oscars, Yami stated the following. “As an actor and part of the film, I was. I think it should at least have been put forward. I am not getting into who won and who lost.”
Yami said how immensely proud she is to have been a part of Vicky Donor, since it significantly helped to raise her own profile as an actress. “We have already got our award for being famous for the film not only in India but all over the world. For me, that is great. We were shooting in Trafalgar Square the other day and people recognised me from Vicky Donor and the TV shows I did.”
Yami has recently finished shooting for the film Aman Ki Asha, where she is being paired opposite superstar Ali Zafar. Speaking about her experiences of working with Ali, Yami had this to say: “Ali Zafar is very cool. I’m sure he knows that he has recognition along with experience and a great repertoire of work, but he does not come across as ‘I am Ali Zafar’.” “He is a humble guy and very easy to work with, which is very important from a co-actor’s perspective. He is supportive and a very good actor. He comes up with certain improvisations, which is fantastic.”