‘The Vaccine War’ review: An apt depiction of India’s war on Covid

Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, ‘The Vaccine War’ is based on true events of Covid-19 and the development of its vaccine in India. The story is mainly about the struggles as well as the determination of Indian scientists. 

The Vaccine War movie review
'The Vaccine War' is a tribute to the Indian scientists.

Director: Vivek Agnihotri

Cast: Nana Patekar, Pallavi Joshi, Raima Sen, Anupam Kher, Girija Oak, Nivedita Bhattacharya

Runtime: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

Story: The movie opens with the nationwide lockdown in April 2020. Then, the story goes back to a few weeks earlier when the Covid-19 virus was just discovered. As India is on the brink of an epidemic, scientists get ready to combat it.

‘This is a war and we are all soldiers,’ says Dr Bhargava (played by Nana Patekar), who embarks on a journey with scientists at the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) to create India’s first vaccine against the Covid-19. How he along with his team face the obstacles and overcome them – to know this, you have to watch the movie.

Pros:  The performances of all the actors are fantastic, including an excellent cameo by Anupam Kher. It’s, however, Patekar’s role which is absolutely stellar. This movie is a befitting tribute to the scientific community which rarely gets its due. This movie champions a ‘Nari Shakti’ message via a team of determined and courageous women scientists working on the vaccine and highlights their strengths and struggles.

Cons: But despite its noble intentions, the film does go overboard in some places. This is especially obvious when it goes with all guns blazing at a segment of media that spread fake stories against the government and the dubious nature of Covaxin- these issues could have been presented in a better way.

Apart from that,  this movie is quite long (160 minutes)- that could have been improved.

Watch the trailer of 'The Vaccine War':

Conclusion: Overall, The Vaccine War is watchable if you can get over its excesses in some parts.

Sure, the film leans towards stoking adverse emotion towards a segment of media and some elements, yet it is watchable for its sincerity for the scientific community that created history by inventing India’s first vaccine for covid-19



You may also like to read: The review of ‘Mission Raniganj.’

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