Discovery Plus, the aggregated real-life entertainment streaming app from Discovery Communications India, is all set to stream an exclusive documentary that will provide a rare glimpse of all the key steps being taken across the country to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Titled ‘Covid-19: India’s war against the virus’, the Discovery Plus special will follow both the global and the Indian timeline of how the virus spread and shed light on key developments that have taken place ever since India’s first coronavirus victim was detected in Kerala.
Extensively shot during the period of lockdown, the documentary will traverse across the nation mapping the pandemic and tell the story through interviews with subject matter experts, front line workers, patients, migrant workers, and others working tirelessly behind the scenes to arrest the spread of this deadly disease. The film will also shed light on the innovations and the way technology is being used to combat the virus.
The Hindi voiceover will be provided by Bollywood actor Manoj Bajpayee and the Tamil voiceover by writer, director, actor Gautham Vasudev Menon. The documentary, available in seven languages —English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali—will drop exclusively on the Discovery Plus app, available on Android, IOS, Fire TV and on web, at 8 pm on July 16. Following that, the documentary will premiere on July 20 at 8 pm on the Discovery Channel and Discovery Channel HD.
The documentary features scientists, doctors, ministers and government officials on the forefront of the coronavirus battle, including Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Govt of India; K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, World Health Organisation, South-East Asia Region; Satyendar Jain, Health Minister, Govt of Delhi; KK Shailaja, Health Minister, Govt of Kerala, Rajesh Tope, Health Minister, Govt of Maharashtra, Economist Arun Kumar, Rajesh Malhotra, Chief, AIIMS Trauma Centre, Delhi, Atanu Basu, Deputy Director, National Institute of Virology, Shiv Kumar Sarin, Chairperson, Delhi Covid-19 Task Force, journalist Sanket Upadhyay, along with Sonu Sood, the Bollywood actor who has extensively worked on ground to help the migrant workers during the pandemic.
“Meaningful cinema, meaningful projects have always endeared me, and I believe specials like Covid-19 India’s War Against The Virus are relevant not just for today but will continue to engage our future generations as well,” said Manoj Bajpayee. “This is an important story and needs to be told in an impactful manner. I and proud to be part of this monumental project and target to bring all my experience into play for the narration in Hindi language.”
“The fact that we all have been directly impacted by the pandemic makes this project different from others I have been part of. You almost relive part of your life as the reels go by but at the same time the documentary shines light on so much that you weren’t aware of. That is why documentaries, as an entertainment tool, in my view, will always have a special pride of place,” said writer-director-actor Gautham Vasudev Menon. “It is a valiant effort. I could not have asked for a better debut as a narrator, especially in my mother tongue Tamil, and coincidentally this marks my first documentary ever. I urge everyone to watch it along with your family.”
“Discovery has been at the forefront of bringing international documentaries on Covid-19 to help Indian audiences understand deeper perspectives. This latest original, shot extensively during lockdown, captures key moments, developments that shaped India’s fight against Covid-19 over the past few months,” said Megha Tata, Managing Director, South Asia, Discovery. “There’s more at work than what meets the eye as new challenges unfold every day with pandemic raging fire; our attempt is to bring it all together with a line-up of prominent experts and officials to provide a comprehensive view for our discerning audiences.”
The collection of Covid-19 related documentaries on Discovery Plus continues to grow. The other three documentaries which explore this deadly disease include ‘Invisible Killer’, ‘Pandemic Covid-19’ and ‘The Zoo: Covid-19 & Animals’.