Renowned author and educator Sudha Murty has showered praise on Vivek Agnihotri’s latest film, “The Vaccine War,” commending its poignant depiction of the creation of the Covaxin vaccine and shedding light on the struggles of working women. In a video shared by the filmmaker, Sudha Murty’s heartfelt words underscore the film’s powerful message.
“The Vaccine War,” starring Nana Patekar and Pallavi Joshi, narrates the journey of Indian scientists as they develop an affordable Covid-19 vaccine. Scheduled for release on September 28, the film has garnered attention for its timely and relevant subject matter.
Sudha Murty, during her speech, resonated with the film’s portrayal of women who balance their roles as mothers, wives, and career professionals. She acknowledged the challenges faced by women in achieving this balance, drawing from her own experiences. She stated, “It is really heart-touching. I do understand the role of a woman because she is a mother, she is a wife, and she is also a career person. It is all very hard to balance, from my own experience, your family and your work.”
Emphasizing the importance of support from family and understanding partners in women’s professional success, Sudha Murty commented, “It is not easy for a woman to do well in her career with her children. She requires good family support. I always say that behind every successful woman, there is an understanding man, otherwise she can’t do it.”
She lauded the film’s portrayal of scientists’ selfless dedication to developing Covaxin and the broader message it conveys. Sudha Murty explained, “For a common person, they will not understand what is Covaxin, but this movie really shows the effort and the selfless work that all scientists did so that we all can live in a democratic India, happily and healthily. That is a very important message, I realized.”
Sudha Murty went on to encourage Indians to have faith in themselves and their abilities, emphasizing that true wealth lies in self-confidence. “You should believe in yourself – the beauty is not in the dress or the money or the makeup. Your beauty is in your courage, in your confidence… If you have self-belief, that is the real beauty, the real money,” she asserted.
Vivek Agnihotri, known for directing impactful films such as “The Tashkent Files” and “The Kashmir Files,” has once again captured attention with “The Vaccine War.” Despite criticism for its contentious narratives, both of his recent films achieved commercial success. “The Kashmir Files” was also honored with the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration at the 69th National Film Awards.
“The Vaccine War” is based on the true story of the development of Covaxin (BBV152), a Covid-19 vaccine created by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The film features Nana Patekar as the lead scientist, Pallavi Joshi as his second-in-command, and Raima Sen as a journalist attempting to discredit India’s efforts while promoting foreign vaccines. Anupam Kher makes an appearance as the Prime Minister in the film.
Sources By Agencies