When you are making a film on a real-life tragedy, it can be a tricky task to pull off. On the one hand you want to show what happened but there is a danger of dramatizing events too much. But without certain cinematic elements, the film would play out more like a documentary. What is remarkable in Virus is that Aashiq Abu and team are able to find that perfect balance. In a film that is filled with big names, there is no showing off that the actors do. They blend so seamlessly into the surroundings that you believe them as the characters.
The Nipah virus outbreak which took place in 2018 was a very tough time for the people of Kerala and seeing Virus gives people a sense of dread that must have gripped the state of Kerala. One of my favorite aspects of Malayalam cinema is that no one cares about their position as stars. Everyone wants to work for the script and that is their biggest strength.
It would not be fair to pick out one name that has performed well. When you have an entire cast that can pull off any kind of role, you are truly blessed. Another pillar of Virus is the technical aspects be it the editing, cinematography etc. A special mention has to be made about the music by Sushin Shyam.
A few people might complain about the length of the film but I was completely engrossed by what was happening on screen. Virus shows that when you have something as powerful as the Nipah virus, you do not have to be showy to get your point across. This is terrific execution of a wonderful script. Somehow through the magic of cinema, the makers are able to turn a situation of fear into hope.
Until next time, bye.