Aashiq Abu has crafted an outstanding film with a terrific cast, visual brilliance and raw making. Nothing can stop this film from spreading like a virus.
Based on the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, Virus unwraps the story of survival, real life heroes and how Kerala contained the virus without worsening the situation.
Virus unveils the real life incident of 2018 epidemic Nipah virus, which flared up in Kerala. With the first case being recorded in the name of Zakariya Mohammed, who one day gets infected and is admitted in Government Medical College, Kozhikode, shows symptoms of an unknown virus and dies few hours later. Following Zakariya, the nurse who treated him also gets affected and slowly the virus starts spreading across Kozhikode and nearby districts, which is later confirmed to be Nipah by the medical experts.
How Health Minister C K Prameela and District Collector Paul V Abraham, along with medical professionals and healthcare officials contain the virus, with many other individuals putting their efforts to stop the outbreak forms the plot.
Virus is a well made, neatly scripted film with everything blended perfectly. It has nothing added unnecessarily to add the runtime. Director Aashiq Abu has just kept his focus on telling the story of each and every good soul, who put their life and efforts into the risk of containing the virus. It has successfully brought Kerala’s brave war against Nipah and triumph into the eyes of public. Sped up, the film gradually unfolds each and every page on how the virus originated, who all extended their helping hands, the brave fighters and their backstory and how at last the virus was quelled.
Story and Script
A highly engaging script which transpires the events blow by blow. A film based on real incident always needs a good amount of research and analysis. Without such a fact-finding, a film maker cannot make a genuine, relatable film on the incident. With a good background study and findings, Muhsin Parari, Sharfu and Suhas have pitched a fantastic screenplay that keeps the audience glued to their seats. With a neatly penned background story to each character and only relevant facts being kept, Virus has nothing that serves to no purpose. A well written screenplay.
Directed by one of the leading directors, Virus has been well piloted by Aashiq Abu. The film takes us through the dark, murky days of the Nipah epidemic effectively and after watching, one would definitely thank God for not putting them in such a situation. That is where the director wins. To be able to plant such a thought in the minds of the audience marks the talent of the director and storyteller.
Aashiq Abu’s vision really evokes a horror and the seriousness of the situation, many of us were may be unaware of. Brilliantly directed, Virus is one of the finest films directed by Aashiq Abu, which can be marked as a milestone in his career.
A film in which everyone is hero. With a top-notch cast, Virus gives us some performances worth watching. From top to bottom, each and every character has been staged in an exquisite way. Unlike most of the commercial films, Virus focuses primarily on its content and not on stars. And that phenomena has given us some really praiseworthy and believable performances. Starring Tovino, Parvathy, Kunjacko Boban, Sreenath Basi, Madonna Sebastian, Revathi, Asif Ali, Joju George and many other well known artists, the film assembles a pool of talented artists.
Cinematography by Rajeev Ravi is really moving and contextual. More than beautiful frames, it’d be apt to say that he focused on emotionally conveying frames. Each frame carried the weight of the scene and communicated to the audience. Lighting also had an important part in the visual oratory. Using dim and dark tones, lights were able to lift the scenes constructively.
Music and Background Score
Music and background score by Sushin Shyam also blended well. Even though its music may not be played for a long time, it serves well while watching the film.
In a nutshell, Virus is one of the best films in malayalam with lots of efforts put in. It showcases the incidents of the 2018 Nipah virus epidemic that mushroomed in Kerala in a very effective, raw, genuine way. It is definitely a must watch for everyone.