Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his praise and endorsement to Vivek Agnihotri’s latest cinematic offering, “The Vaccine War.” The film, which made its theatrical debut on September 28, narrates the inspiring tale of scientists and the resilience of a 1.3 billion-strong population united in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher, and Pallavi Joshi, among others, the movie has garnered acclaim for its portrayal of the pandemic’s challenges.
During an address to the people of Rajasthan, Prime Minister Modi commended the creators of “The Vaccine War” for their dedication to highlighting the pivotal role of scientists and the realm of science in confronting the pandemic.
PM Modi stated, “I have heard that a film called ‘The Vaccine War’ has been released, which depicts the relentless efforts of our country’s scientists who worked day and night, dedicating themselves to the cause of fighting COVID in their labs, like sages. In this film, all these aspects have been portrayed… I congratulate the makers of this film for highlighting the importance of scientists and science.”
Vivek Agnihotri, the director and mind behind “The Vaccine War,” expressed his gratitude on social media, acknowledging PM Modi’s recognition. He wrote, “It’s heartening to hear PM @narendramodi acknowledge the contribution of Indian scientists, especially women scientists in making the indigenous vaccine under his leadership. Women scientists called and got emotional ‘First time a PM praised Virologists,’ they said. GRATITUDE.”
The film delves into the dedicated work of the scientists associated with the BBV152 vaccine, commonly known as Covaxin, which emerged through a collaborative effort between Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Virology.
“The Vaccine War” has resonated with audiences for its poignant storytelling and powerful performances, with Sapthami Gowda and Raima Sen also featured in the film. Produced by Pallavi Joshi and I Am Buddha, the movie stands as a tribute to the relentless spirit of scientists and the nation’s collective fight against the pandemic.