Dir: Aashiq Abu / India / 152 minutes / Malayalam / 2019


Virus is a fiction based on the formidable struggles that revolved around containing the deadly Nipah epidemic that spread in Calicut, in 2018. A zoonotic disease top-listed by WHO, with no vaccination and treatment protocol, the deadly Nipah kills 75 % of those affected. And Virus movie documents how the community spirit of a small town in a tiny state of the third world managed to fight the battle and win – on medical, emotional and even political grounds.


  • Jagran Film Festival/ Official Selection

Director biography and filmography:

Aashiq Abu is an Indian film director, producer and actor. In his 10 years as an independent filmmaker he has 10 unique films behind him. He earned a distinct space for himself in the Malayalam film industry with his out of the box narratives, perspectives and themes. Aashiq Abu started as an ad filmmaker. He made his directorial debut with Daddy Cool. He is best known for his films Salt N’ Pepper, 22 Female Kottayam, Mayaanadhi and Virus.


Producers – Aashiq Abu, Rima Kallingal
Scriptwriters – Parari Muhsin, Suhas, Sharafu
Cinematographer – Rajeev Ravi
Editor – Saiju Sreedharan
Music – Sushin Shyam
Sound Designer – Ajayan Adat


Parvathy Thiruvoth, Rima Kallingal, Madonna Sebastian, Tovino Thomas, Kunjako Boban, Soubin Shahir