Movie Review: "The Vaccine War" - Nana Patekar Shines in Vivek Agnihotri’s Riveting Tale

Nana Patekar's Riveting Portrayal and Agnihotri's Narrative Brilliance Illuminate This Gripping Pandemic Chronicle

Oct 4, 2023 - 12:09
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Movie Review: "The Vaccine War" - Nana Patekar Shines in Vivek Agnihotri’s Riveting Tale
Movie Review:

The Vaccine War Movie Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Starring: Nana Patekar, Pallavi Joshi, Girija Oak, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Raima Sen
Director: Vivek Agnihotri

What's Good:** Nana Patekar's commanding presence in a story that needed to be told.

What's Not So Good:** Misses some expected elements, given the subject matter's depth.

Intermission Suggestion:** At 160 minutes, the film might warrant a couple of breaks.

Watch or Not?: For those willing to dive deep into the journey of vaccine development.

Available On: Theatrical Release
Runtime: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

Vivek Agnihotri, renowned for his penchant for thought-provoking cinema, ventures into the controversial territory of "The Vaccine War," offering a stirring account of the battle against the Coronavirus pandemic.


In a 160-minute cinematic journey, "The Vaccine War" transports us to the heart of India's grueling confrontation with the Coronavirus. Nana Patekar steps into the shoes of Dr. Balram Bhargava, the resolute Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research. Patekar's portrayal is nothing short of a tour de force, anchoring the film with his authoritative presence.

The narrative skillfully toggles between the relentless pursuit of Indian scientists to develop an indigenous vaccine and the skepticism embodied by Rohini Singh Dhulia (Raima Sen) towards India's capabilities. The film adeptly captures the highs and lows of the ICMR's race to bring the vaccine to fruition.

Script & Direction:

Drawing from Dr. Balram Bhargava’s book ‘Going Viral’, the screenplay provides a poignant window into the tireless endeavors of Indian scientists. While some political intricacies are subtly woven in, the film stays true to its core: the monumental achievement of indigenous vaccine development. Vivek Agnihotri steers the narrative with finesse, underscoring the vaccine's pivotal role in our fight against the pandemic.


Nana Patekar's rendition of Dr. Bhargava is a tour de force. His unyielding demeanor and commanding presence leave an indelible mark. Pallavi Joshi as Priya Abraham lends admirable support, while Girija Oak and Nivedita Bhattacharya deliver commendable performances.


The background score strikes an impeccable balance, subtly enhancing the narrative without overpowering it. The reinterpretation of Vanraj Bhatia’s Nasadiya Sukta adds an immersive and haunting dimension to the film's auditory landscape.

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Final Verdict:

"The Vaccine War" unravels the untold story behind India's tryst with the pandemic. Nana Patekar's exceptional performance, coupled with Agnihotri's astute direction, transforms this tale into a cinematic triumph that will resonate for years to come.

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