Virus review:This is one film where every actor has made their character look absolutely convincing
Virus takes Malayalam cinema to another level with its brilliance
Critic's Rating: 4/5
Saturday 8 June 2019
Kunchacko Boban, Tovino, Parvathy, Poornima, Revathy
Director Aashiq Abu’s Virus is based on the Nipah virus outbreak that created big panic especially in the Malabar region of Kerala last year. It is also a great episode in history about how Malayalis came together as one, to fight the unfortunate situation.
As the story begins, the news of the virus outbreak comes in as a shock for the hospitals and the authorities. By the time it is confirmed that the infection has been caused by Nipah virus, the situation had become serious.
The team headed by State health minister C K Prameela (Revathy), District collector Paul K Abraham (Tovino Thomas), Director of Health Services Dr. Smrithi (Poornima Indrajith) and a group of medical personnel take over the mission.
There have been only a few cases of Nipah outbreak across the world and there are no medicines that can cure the infection easily. This leads to a great amount of confusion initially.
Scientist Dr. Suresh Rajan (Kunchacko Boban) of the Virology Institute and scientific expert Anu (Parvathy Thiruvothu) helps the team in identifying the cause and planning the course of action.
As doctors and hospital staff risk their lives to contain the virus outbreak and to save as much patients as they can, this endeavor attains a noble stature.
It is a star studded film, with well-known names doing characters, some of which are brief roles. Rima Kallingal plays sister Akhila, the character inspired from a nurse in the hospital, sister Lini, who got infected with the virus and passed away later. Sister Lini’s unmatched devotion to her profession and commitment to her fellow beings remain a painful memory in the minds of every Keralite.
With an impressive script by Muhsin Parari, Sharfu and Suhas, director Aashiq Abu has made a honest film that can only be watched with bated breath. Rajeev Ravi’s visuals and Sushin Shyam’s music are top notch.
This is one film where every actor has made their character look absolutely convincing and totally genuine and we can go on and on narrating each of them. The lengths of the roles are not the key here but there are some terrific display of talent even by those actors whose roles last only some minutes.
Virus takes Malayalam cinema to another level with its brilliance. This is a film with its heart at the right place. Don’t miss this one.
Virus review: Absolutely genuine and affecting