Vivek Agnihotri’s Next: India’s Race To Develop A Covid Vaccine
MUMBAI, (IANS) – Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, whose ‘The Kashmir Files’ emerged as a surprise hit this year, is ready with yet another film. This time, the subject of the film is the indigenous Covid vaccine and the challenges that it faced. Vivek revealed the title of the film, ‘The Vaccine War’ on November 10 on his social media.
Talking about how the film was conceived, he said, “When ‘The Kashmir Files‘ was postponed during the COVID lockdown, I started researching it. Then we started researching with the scientists of ICMR & NIV who made our own vaccine possible. Their story of struggle and sacrifice was overwhelming and while researching we understood how these scientists fought a war waged against India not just by foreign agencies but even our own people (sic)”.
The film in his opinion is India’s first science film about a bio-war, “Yet we won against superpowers by making the fastest, cheapest and safest vaccine. I thought this story must be told so that every Indian can feel proud of their country. This will be India’s first pure science film about a bio-war we had no idea about”.
The film, which is set to go on floors this month, has apparently been booked August 15, 2023, for the film’s global release. It will be released in 10 plus languages.
The film will be produced by Pallavi Joshi of I Am Buddha Productions. The makers have not announced the cast yet.