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    The Vaccine War Movie Review: Unveiling India’s Battle for a Homegrown Cure

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

    Director: Vivek Agnihotri

    What’s Good: It narrates a story that needed to be told with Nana Patekar’s powerhouse presence

    What’s Bad: It misses things that many thought would be there, but unfortunately, it’s only a little much you can portray as a filmmaker

    Loo Break: It’s a 160-minute long film and will demand a couple of breaks in between

    Watch or Not?: Only if you can sit through so long to see how the vaccine was created

    Available On: Theatrical Release

    Runtime: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

    In the midst of the 2020 pandemic, a fake doctor gets caught as the nation grapples with COVID-19. Dr. Balram Bhargava (Nana Patekar), the Director General of ICMR, and his team embark on a mission to develop India’s first homegrown vaccine, while journalist Rohini Singh Dhulia (Raima Sen) advocates for importing vaccines from abroad. The film follows their race against time.

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    Story & Screenplay:

    Based on Dr. Bhargava’s book ‘Going Viral,’ the movie highlights the challenges Indian scientists faced in creating the country’s first vaccine. While the narrative is focused on saving lives through indigenous development, the political undertones could have been subtler.

    Star Performances:

    Nana Patekar shines as Dr. Bhargava, bringing charisma and depth to the character. Pallavi Joshi impresses as Priya Abraham, offering strong support. The supporting cast, including Girija Oak and Nivedita Bhattacharya, deliver commendable performances.

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    Direction & Music:

    Vivek Agnihotri, known for ‘The Kashmir Files,‘ presents a gripping story of the pandemic’s early days. The background score is understated, fitting the narrative well. The reimagined ‘Nasadiya Sukta’ adds a haunting ambiance.

    The Last Word:

    “The Vaccine War” offers an intriguing glimpse into the untold story of India’s vaccine development efforts. It’s a reminder of a historic moment in Indian healthcare. Three stars!

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