The Vaccine War Box Office collection: Low opening should not bother Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri - here’s why

The Vaccine War Box Office collection: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri's film comes after the phenomenal success of The Kashmir Files.

Sounak Mukhopadhyay
First Published29 Sep 2023
The Vaccine War Box Office collection: The movie stars Nana Patekar in a key role
The Vaccine War Box Office collection: The movie stars Nana Patekar in a key role(Screengrab from YouTube/Pen Movies)

The Vaccine War, directed by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, earned 1.3 crore on Day 1. Even on Day 2, it is expected to mint 1.3 crore, as per estimates by Sacnilk. The estimated Box Office collection so far stands at 2.6 crore.

The Vaccine War follows the phenomenal success of The Kashmir Files by Agnihotri. This time, the movie has actors like Nana Patekar, Pallavi Joshi and Raima Sen. The movie is clashing with Fukrey 3 and Kangana Ranaut-starrer Chandramukhi 2, which have had much better openings.

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The primary advantage for India’s “first Bio-Science film”, however, could be the fact that it has been made with a meagre 10 crore, as per ABP News. the budgets for the other two films are believed to be much higher.

Fukrey 3 minted 8.5 crore and 7.98 crore on Day 1 and Day 2 respectively. Chandramukhi 2’s Box Office collection for the first two days stands at 13.09 crore.

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“Nana Patekar as Dr Balram Balram Bhargava and Pallavi Joshi as Dr. Priya Abraham, Director-NIV, are the soul of the film,” wrote the Hindustan Times while calling the dialogues “hard-hitting and impactful”.

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“It is when the screenplay starts reading like an official press release in the second half that one realises that Agnihotri’s real battle is not against the virus but to create a narrative against the skeptics, or the ‘ecosystem’ as he calls it, by cherry-picking the headlines,” says The Hindu while appreciating director Vivek Agnihotri for getting “many things right in making the film an engaging experience for the most part”.

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“The film is as much about politics as it is about science, and Agnihotri is pretty up front about it. Copious references to atmanirbharta, Vishwaguru, and the Prime Minister’s reliance on science exist in the film,” says DNA.

As per India Today, “a major drawback is his one-sided portrayal of the media and its reporting on India's response to the Covid-19 situation and vaccine development”.

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