INDIA: The pride of Bengal, Raima Sen, has been cast in the upcoming film “The Vaccine War” by director Vivek Agnihotri. This marks her Bollywood comeback after a significant hiatus. The movie is being produced by Agnihotri’s wife, Pallavi Joshi, through her production company I Am Buddha Productions, along with Abhishek Agarwal under the banner of Abhishek Agarwal Arts.
The film aims to depict the real struggles faced during the pandemic and pays tribute to the medical fraternity and scientists. According to Agnihotri and Joshi, the film is tentatively scheduled to release around Independence Day in 2023.
Agnihotri’s upcoming film intends to showcase the groundbreaking stories of India’s battle against COVID-19 and its success in developing the Covishield and Covaxin vaccines, which were later exported to other countries.
Apart from Raima Sen, the cast includes Nana Patekar, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Anupam Kher, Sapthami Gowda, Girija Oak, and Yagya Turlapathi. However, an official announcement is still pending. The movie will be released in 11 languages, including Hindi, English, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Assamese.
During a media interaction, Sen clarified that it wouldn’t be a Bollywood comeback per se, but a comeback to films in general. She mentioned her recent show “Mai” released on Netflix last year, as well as a show she did for Amazon Prime Video, directed by Nitiya Mehra, which is yet to be released.
Vivek Agnihotri shared a short video featuring himself and Sen, with the hashtags #ATrueStory and #TheVaccineWar. He also mentioned that Raima has joined the cast. Sen expressed her excitement about working on “The Vaccine War” and said, “It’s a film, so in that way, yes. I’ve been working in Bengal and was waiting for something different to come my way. I was ecstatic when ‘The Vaccine War’ happened.”
Raima Sen, known for her work in numerous films, made her official Bollywood debut with “Godmother” and has appeared in movies such as “Parineeta,” “Daman,” “Fun2shh… Dudes in the 10th Century,” “Dus,” and “Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd,” among others. She has also been part of highly acclaimed Bengali films like Rituparno Ghosh’s “Chokher Bali,” which also starred Aishwarya Rai.