The Vaccine War: Should you watch the movie?

Indian From South
3 min readOct 2, 2023

“When are we going to see The Vaccine War ?” My wife asked me this question on Friday morning, and I told her, ‘Yeah, let the movie release.’ I didn’t realize the movie was releasing that same day.

Unlike big-budget movies supported by major production houses, the movie ‘Vaccine War’ had a relatively quiet release. Vivek Agnihotri’s style is to let the movie speak for itself. I managed to watch the movie today at a nearby theater.

About the movie

The movie reminds us of the grim COVID days of 2020 and 2021. We all went through those nightmarish times, but do we know everything that happened behind the scenes in India’s fight against the pandemic? The movie tackles exactly this. We all remember how a section of the media and the liberal ecosystem constantly tried to portray India’s COVID fight as a failure. We all remember articles on prominent online portals predicting a dystopian future due to COVID.

I had a colleague who used to mock the government’s efforts, criticizing every single move. “Why are we so underprepared to face the pandemic? This government has failed! Why are we not vaccinating fast enough? Why can’t we develop our own vaccine?” These were his constant refrains. And when we developed our own vaccine, he started vehemently criticizing that too, suggesting we should have imported it instead. I’m sure each of us has had these difficult conversations with acquaintances. And yet, we successfully overcame all the challenges.

Yes, unfortunately, we lost thousands of lives to the pandemic, but as a nation, we came out of it with minimal scars. As a matter of fact, we also managed to be the nation that vaccinated its population at the fastest rate. How did we manage this? We, as a nation, are proud of our scientific accomplishments. But have you ever given thought to how we managed to develop our own vaccine, given all the challenges thrown our way by forces inimical to our nation? Who are the unsung heroes who managed to do the unthinkable? The movie Vaccine War’ provides very convincing answers to all of these questions. The movie effectively captivates your attention throughout its duration of 2 hours and 40 minutes. The entire cast of the movie, including Nana Patekar as Dr. Bharagava, Pallavi Joshi as Dr. Priya Abraham, Sapthami Gowda as Dr. Sreelekshmy Mohandas, and Raima Sen as Journalist Rohini Singh, has done full justice to their roles.

Should you watch the movie?

If you are a nationalist and are proud of how Bharat overcame the COVID-19 vaccine challenge, this movie is for you.

If you are apolitical but have several questions about how the nation tackled the vaccine challenge, you should watch the movie. The movie answers all your questions.

If you are a part of the liberal ecosystem, the movie is an eye-opener about how the toolkit ecosystem that you are a part of, almost defeated the nation in its fight against the virus. You must therefore watch this movie!

Thank you Vivek Agnihotri for coming out with such a gem of a movie. I am nobody to give a rating for a movie. But if I must, it is a 10/10! This is certainly a must-watch.



Indian From South

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