Virus: Infectious and inspirational
The movie is a fitting tribute to the coordinated efforts of various government officials and medical professionals, who put their lives at risk in an attempt to curb the spread of the epidemic.
Fear. Fight. Survival - Aashiq Abu’s much awaited thriller ‘Virus’ does poetic justice to its tagline. The movie was released yesterday and has received positive responses from all quarters.
The story is centred around the ‘Nipah’ virus outbreak that left 17 people dead in Kerala last year. This movie being based on true stories, we all knew how it was going to end. And yet, it managed to keep the audience hooked, with minute detailing of the events that unfolded after the first case of the Nipah infection was reported from Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala.
The movie had received a lot of hype initially due to its star studded casting, which includes Tovino Thomas, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Revathy, Kunchako Boban, Rima Kallingal, Asif Ali, Poornima Indrajith, Sreenath Basi, Indrajith Sukumaran, Madonna Sebastian, Joju George and Soubin Shahir. They’re all big names in the current generation of A list actors. All the characters live up to their reputations, churning out a gripping emotional thriller.
The antagonist was obviously the deadly virus and the build up to the introduction of the Nipah was tense, yet calmly presented. A dark and intense background score set the mood of the story nicely. The screenplay, written by Muhsin Parari, Sharfu Amishaff and Suhas is par excellence.
From beginning to end, the film flows seamlessly, leaving you with no time to finish your popcorn. High tension is maintained throughout, leaving the audience breathless at moments. The struggles of the patients were captured in the most realistic manner, and many scenes were emotionally disturbing.
The movie is a fitting tribute to the coordinated efforts of various government officials and medical professionals, who put their lives at risk in an attempt to curb the spread of the epidemic. The film also highlighted the sacrifice of nurse Lini Puthussery (played by Rima Kallingal), who died treating the first Nipah patient in Kozhikode.
Parvathy’s portrayal was sublime as usual. Although, all the actors perfected their roles, perhaps, Revathi’s character (who donned the role of health minister of Kerala) could have been given more depth. She appeared as a clueless spectator in most parts of the movie, with fewer dialogues. No character was given a larger than life image, yet the film made sure that their inspirational efforts never went unnoticed.
The film also takes a jibe at various conspiracy theories spread during the time of the Nipah outbreak. It also mocks the people who spread false information regarding the disease, which has no vaccination or treatment protocol.
There weren’t any fictitious dramatic twists in the end to spice up the movie. The film is an account of what happened during that challenging period last year, and is presented in its raw and terrifying form. Kerala’s survival story is woven around a realistic storyline, which successfully depicts the spread of the virus, how it affected the lives of the patients and their families, and the concerted efforts to curb the menace.
It is unfortunate that the movie’s release coincided with news of a few suspected cases of Nipah infection coming from Kerala. Fortunately, the test results have turned out to be negative as per the latest information. No matter what, Virus has lived up to its expectations and is inarguably one of the finest thrillers of 2019.
We give it a rating of 4 out of 5.