Acclaimed film, ‘The Vaccine War’ premieres in Chicago

Above and below: The members of Global Indian Diaspora with National Award Winner Director Vivek Agnihotri, Actress Pallavi Joshi. PHOTO: courtesy Global Indian Diaspora

Chicago – The Vaccine War, a film that celebrates the achievements of Indian scientists in developing and distributing a vaccine against COVID-19, had its premiere in Chicago August 27, 2023. The film is directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri and produced by actress Pallavi Joshi, both of whom have won Indian awards for their works.

The Global Indian Diaspora, a non-profit organization that aims to foster cultural and social bonds of Indians living abroad, hosted the event. The movie is a tribute to the Indian scientists, especially women, who worked tirelessly and bravely to create the COVID-19 vaccine in a short span of time, according to  Rakesh Malhotra founder and President of  Global Indian Diaspora, Chicago.

The film features stellar performances from renowned actors such as Nana Patekar, Anupam Kher, Pallavi Joshi, Raima Sen, and Nivedita Bhattacharya who portray the real-life characters involved in developing the vaccine, noted Nirmala Reddy who was very excited after watching the film. The Vaccine War is a tribute to the spirit of science and the power of possibility that enabled India to overcome the pandemic and emerge as a global leader in vaccine production and distribution.

The movie provides an informative overview of the development of Covaxin, India’s indigenous vaccine against COVID-19 by the scientists of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and tracks the vaccine’s timeline. The film showcases the challenges, triumphs, and sacrifices of the scientists, mostly women, who worked tirelessly to create a safe and effective vaccine in record time. The film also highlights the role of women in science and leadership, as well as the importance of scientific literacy and innovation for the benefit of humanity.

The premiere of The Vaccine War was held at The Cine Lounge in Chicago and was attended by a large and enthusiastic audience. The film also educates and motivates the viewers about the challenges and benefits of the vaccine development for the world, says Abhinav Raina. The film portrays India’s remarkable success in producing a fast, effective, and safe vaccine.

At the event, Vivek Agnihotri and lead actress of the film Pallavi  Joshi engaged with the audience and expressed their gratitude for their appreciation and support after the screening of the full House show.

The Vaccine War will be released in theaters across the US and Canada on September 28, 2023. For more information contact



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