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Theatrical Release poster
Directed byAashiq Abu
Produced byAashiq Abu
Rima Kallingal
Written byMuhsin Parari
StarringKunchacko Boban
Parvathy Thiruvoth
Asif Ali
Tovino Thomas
Soubin Shahir
Indrajith Sukumaran
Rima Kallingal
Madonna Sebastian
Sreenath Bhasi
Music bySushin Shyam
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited bySaiju Sreedharan
OPM Cinemas
Release date
  • 7 June 2019 (2019-06-07)
Running time
152 minutes

Virus is a 2019 Indian Malayalam medical thriller film co-produced and directed by Aashiq Abu. It is based on the 2018 Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, the film was written by Muhsin, Sharfu, and Suhas. It stars an ensemble cast that includes Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Parvathy Thirovothu Tovino Thomas, Rahman, Indrajith Sukumaran, Indrans, Soubin Shahir, Sreenath Bhasi, Dileesh Pothan, Rima Kallingal, Madonna Sebastian, Ramya Nambeeshan, Joju George, and Revathi.[1][2][3][4]


Virus is based on real events during the 2018 NIPAH Virus outbreak in Kerala. The plot is set in Kozhikode and follows the various stages of the epidemic from identification to its total annihilation. It portrays heroic moments that helped in effectively controlling the virus from spreading further. The film explores the paranoia caused by the viral outbreak and how it disrupted the life of both individuals and health care professionals. The film is a saga of a group of brave people who stood up in the face of adversity, risking their lives, fighting with all their will.



Principal photography began in Kozhikode on January 6, 2019. Virus was shot extensively in and around Kozhikode Medical College. Filming wrapped on February 26, 2019 after 52 days in one single schedule.


The first look poster of the movie was released on 18 March 2019.[6] While the trailer was released on 26 April 2019.[7] The movie is slated to hit the screens worldwide on 7 June 2019.[8]

Critical Reception

Anjana George of The Times of India rated the movie 3.5/5 stars and reviewed, "On the whole, the film can be called as a well-crafted multi-starrer, fictional documentation of news reports on the Nipah virus attack that shocked Kerala and still looms over us."[9]

Behindwoods rated the movie 3.25/5 stars and wrote, "With Virus, Aashiq Abu cements his top form as a filmmaker. Overall, Virus is a straightforward, detailed and uncompromising retelling of an unbelievable story of humanity."[10]

Aswin Bharadwaj S of Lensmen Movie Reviews rated the movie 4/5 stars and said, "The collective effort on and off the screen has really enabled Virus to be a superbly made thriller. Every department has done a commendable job in their efforts to present an authentic story. And the most brilliant one of them all was the script that made sure that every character has a little bit of back-story which will make them a real human being on screen."[11]

Sowmya Rajendran of The News Minute called the movie, "A compassionate, gripping medical thriller" and rated it 4/5 stars.[12]

Meera Manu of News18 rated the movie 4/5 stars and said, "For its 152-minute duration, Virus will take you through many emotional roller-coasters. This one is contagious enough to make you skip a heartbeat or evoking tears. It's more than just a film, it's humans joining hands to beat a deadly disease. No reason to not watch this one."[13]

Manu of the Filmibeat rated the movie 4/5 stars and reviewed, "Virus is a mind-blowing movie and as its tagline says it rightly conveys the fear, fight and the survival during the Nipah outbreak. A well-crafted movie, which could be ranked as one among the best movies of all-time. Kudos to the team."[14]

Film Companion called the movie, "A Screenwriting Miracle" and praised the performances of the actors.[15]


  1. ^ "Virus first look: Is Aashiq Abu's next based on Nipah outbreak?".
  2. ^ "Aashiq Abu announces Virus, featuring Revathy, Asif Ali, Parvathy; film to tentatively release in 2019".
  3. ^ "'Virus is about how Kerala tackled Nipah outbreak unitedly'".
  4. ^ "നിപ്പ 'വൈറസ്' വെള്ളിത്തിരയിൽ; താരപ്പടയുമായി ആഷിഖ് അബു".
  5. ^ Retrieved 19 March 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "First-look poster of Kunchacko Boban and Indrajith starrer 'Virus' revealed - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Virus trailer launched - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ "'Virus' to hit the screens on June 7 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Virus Movie Review {3.5/5}: A well-crafted multi-starrer, fictional documentation on the Nipah virus attack". Retrieved 16 June 2019 – via
  10. ^ "Virus (aka) Virues review". Behindwoods. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  11. ^ cinemapranthan (7 June 2019). "Virus Review - A Gripping Authentic Thriller Powered By A Fabulous Script". Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  12. ^ Rajendran, Sowmya (7 June 2019). "'Virus' review: A compassionate, gripping medical thriller". Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Virus Movie Review: This Film About Nipah Outbreak Slowly Grows on You". News18. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  14. ^ Manu (7 June 2019). "Virus Movie Review: A Brilliantly Crafted Film That Is Mighty Impressive On All Counts!". Retrieved 16 June 2019. External link in |website= (help)
  15. ^ Menon, Vishal (7 June 2019). "Virus with several great performances is a screenwriting miracle". Film Companion. Retrieved 16 June 2019.

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