Virus movie review: A gripping human drama


The film makes you feel many things: fear, guilt, widespread paranoia, isolation, sorrow, valour, and the strength of human conscience. Especially, Soubin Shahir’s performance as a Nipha victim is very realistic. Indrans, Savithri Sreedharan, Parvathy, Thovino Thomas, Joju George, Dileesh Pothan, Asif Ali, Rima Kallingal and the rest of the ensemble cast have delicately essayed their characters. Seldom, we think about the lives that were lost in the outbreak. He has already pronounced the death of an accident victim and resurrected another patient who had flatlined. From an autorickshaw driver refusing to give a ride to a person suspected of Nipha virus to doctors isolating themselves to protect their loved ones, the film enriches the drama by balancing fear and hope. The success of Virus lies in its filmmakers understanding the little emotions and presenting them so cleverly that you can’t help but relate to the film. 0
Comment(s) The film has plenty of moments highlighting the emotional troubles that medical professionals go through seemingly on a daily basis. Suresh Rajan explains it: “There is no vaccination or treatment protocol for Nipah.” While the outbreak of the deadly virus in Kozhikode is the premise, the characters coming to the terms with the reality and overcoming their own limitations is where the actual drama lies. It is business as usual as the ward is packed with patients and their concerned relatives. A young doctor (naturally played by Sreenath Bhasi) leads the audience into the casualty ward of Kozhikode general hospital. Popular Photos

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Every actor in the film gets a moment to shine irrespective of their screen time. Soon things begin to go out of control at the hospital as the number of people reporting sickness with similar symptoms shoot up and all hell breaks loose. Advertising

The news of a 23-year-old student infected with Nipah virus in Kerala trickled in just two days ahead of the release of director Aashiq Abu’s Virus, which is based on the Nipah virus outbreak that killed 17 people in 2018. Some might have been correct in thinking that the film might add to the public fear while Kerala was battling the second wave of Nipah virus. We also get to listen to what would be the dinner table conversation of a doctor when he goes back home after attending a strange case. Reading/watching news about the number of people affected and dead by the epidemic, more or less, was just a statistic for us. We get to understand a nurse prioritising the need of her patients over her own self or a doctor who does not want to hear that another patient had died under his care. Virus, however, puts a human face on those statistics. Hopelessness is not one of them. The film is more about doctors trying to save as many people as possible from the epidemic than the story about a mother coping with the death of her young son. The terrible coincidence had put the filmmakers in a difficult spot as many expected the release might get postponed until the situation was brought under complete control. Advertising

As Kunchacko Boban’s Dr. But, after watching the film, you realise that the opposite is true. Just like that director Aashiq Abu pulls you into his film and keeps you there until the lights are turned back on in the theater. The major accomplishment of writers Muhsin Parari, Sharfu and Suhas is presenting the film majorly from the perspective of medical professionals. All that while he was worried about his girlfriend, who was upset with him for some reason. We read, we sympathise and move on.