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      Default Virus: A Case Study in Poor Casting

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      Watching Virus is like seeing your favourite cricket team start promisingly, stumble, come roaring back only to lose spectacularly. The filmmakers make two key mistakes during the film, one, they fail to diffuse it with a sense of purpose, tension and memorable scenes in the latter half, and two and most critical, in an attempt to litter the cast with as many 'big names' as possible, they fail to give most of the characters any life or development and none of them are memorable enough to stay in our memory once one leaves the movie hall.

      A tale of two halves

      Virus has a terrific first half, where the cinematography, BGM and direction combine to give us a real 'feel' for what it was like when the Nipah virus hit Calicut. There is a real sense of dread and fear and the mood makes one want to look away from the screen yet take a peek, to see whats happening. That interval scene was sheer goosebumps as we do not know whether a principal character actually survived...

      However, come to the second half and an investigation is launched with no real direction, some underhand politicisation comes into play, and the icing in the cake is a dreadfully acted and rendered speech scene (time for Bhagyalakshmi to retire?) at the end, leaving a sense of exhaustion than elation.

      Casting, casting..

      IMO, A lot of folks especially when it comes to Malayalam cinema attach undue importance to a 'story, script' or 'realistic situations'. I believe it is the casting and characterisation which ultimately matter. Who has the screen presence and charm, or beauty and grace, to hold your attention long enough to the screen? Which character stays with you such that you want to take a piece of it home? The Toy Story movies, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, Russos' Avengers movies, these are all classic examples where even the character with the least screentime makes an impact on you. In recent Malayalam cinema, while more hyped films failed because of poor casting, Lucifer was a good example where each and every character was memorable and important to the narrative, the only case against which, could be made against Prithviraj.

      While all of the films above got the casting right because the actors fit into the characters like a glove, Virus is a classic example where the filmmakers thought..."Oh wouldnt it be cool if we create a role for Dileesh Pothen?...And Rima is our producer, we need to give her a role that affords some sympathy...Its been so long since we saw Poornima Indrajith on screen, lets create something for her...". Such thoughts more often than not tend to dilute the impact of a particular film, and it is in the excess amount of characters, minimal screentime and lack of memorable scenes where Virus ends up being a failure. I would replace the characters of Sharafudeen, Ramya Nambeesan, Madonna Sebastian, Dileesh Pothen, Rahman, Asif Ali (what on earth was he needed for?), Sudheesh, Indrans et al with minimal impact on the outcome of the film. The three key actors: Joju George, Parvathy and Indrajith, will probably look back on their glittering career and shake their heads when it comes to each of their characters in Virus. None of the characters demand any exertion of their immense talent. Kunchako Boban sadly lacks that screen presence to take this film to the next level. If anything, Tovino Thomas was good as the collector and Sreenath Bhasi and Soubin Shahir were the show-stealers. The second half came to a bit of life with Soubin's entry. The biggest disappointment as mentioned by Intexequa was the lack of depth and screentime for Nurse Akhila. Revathy has one stoic expression throughout the film.

      So in sum, Virus is a missed opportunity especially after it had begun so well and held so much promise to deliver something memorable.

      Verdict: Average
      Rating: 2.75/5
      Last edited by Aravind Krishnan; 25th June 2019 at 02:00 AM.

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      thanks

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      agree with first and second half comments. observations about the casting, I disagree at least partially.

      Thanks for the review
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