It takes a special movie to “realistically” depict this situation while playing like a riveting, connect-the-dots thriller as well, and Virus Indian movie by Aashiq Abu’s is one of the best movies showcasing this In dramatizing the outbreak of the Nipah virus in Kerala, it tells a multi-pronged story involving many sets of characters and captures the detached efficiency that medical professionals require –while also giving us insights into their emotional lives and never losing sight of the human stakes involved. It’s not just about an outbreak in one part of the country, but also about the multiple forms a population could get infected, how an epidemic can occur in a disorganized, overcrowded setting.
Virus Indian movie opening scenes are proof that hospitals can be both exciting and humdrum environments at one and the same time. A busy early sequence is set in the emergency ward of a hospital in Kozhikode, with our entry point being a young doctor called Abid, who is doing his job tirelessly, going from one client to another, splitting his focus between relatively routine patients and catastrophic casualties. One of the most disturbing scenes of the movie is a quick setup on their phones with doctors and nurses looking up Nipah. There’s also a string of great performances – especially by Parvathy Thiruvothu as Dr Anu, an originally unobtrusive and reticent worker ant who becomes a central part of the story, her study uncovering possibilities that might not have seen the light of day otherwise.
Indian filmmaking has not had a strong procedural movie tradition that closely follows a group of experts as they struggle with a particular challenge in their field: gradually converging different threads, order arising from confusion. These films can be constructed around a large, focused event which requires only a few hours to occur–models include the most ensemble-cast disaster movies Hollywood produced in the 1970s, such as Airport or The Towering Inferno and Meteor, where aviation experts, paramedics, designers, and NASA technicians are witnessing a tragedy. Many environments and styles are innately conducive to action, excitement, and thrilling twists: we have had an agent and criminal movies like Neeraj Pandey’s Baby in recent years and the police procedural web series Delhi Crime. But what if a relatively mundane world unexpectedly encounters an unexpected challenge in its day-to-day functioning? A medical setting, say, where, like headless chickens, doctors, hospital workers, health ministers are running around. Where the “bad guy” is an unknown virus and a set of circumstances that help spread it difficult to track.