It seems that 2012 is shaping up to be the year of the sleeper hit. The year isn’t even half over and we have already seen three modest films outperform expectations at the box office, first with Paan Singh Tomar, then Kahaani (although Vidya Balan’s success with The Dirty Picture makes qualifying this as a true sleeper debatable) and now Vicky Donor, a romantic comedy about a young man who earns his living as a sperm donor for the fertility specialist Dr Chaddha, which was made for five crore rupees and has grossed about seven times as much. Personally, I paid almost no attention to the promos of this film prior to its release. Positive word-of-mouth led me to check out the trailer, which left me underwhelmed, and frankly more than a little skeptical that a Hindi film could handle the topic of sperm donation without descending into vulgarity. More positive word-of-mouth following the film’s release piqued my curiosity so when Dolce and Namak suggested going to see it, I was happy to comply. Sadly, my skepticism did not prove to be entirely unfounded.