A Delhi-based filmmaker joins hands with two senior doctors and a Brit actor to make CoVidGo, a film that hopes to counter vaccine hesitancy
A still from CoVidGo
Even though COVID-19 vaccines are being made available across the world, vaccine hesitancy is proving to be a huge impediment in fighting the spread of Coronavirus. Sensing the need to create more awareness around the issue, Amit Agarwal, a filmmaker and film market consultant, has made CoVidGo, the world’s first COVID-19 vaccine film. “In August 2020, I was approached by a doctor who suggested that I make a film on the pandemic. I worked on various ideas, but none of them appealed to me. It wasn’t until January, when I came across media reports about apprehensions regarding the vaccine that I felt something needed to be done. It was an issue of conflict, as many doctors too, were worried about taking the vaccine,” recalls the Delhi-based filmmaker Agarwal. “It was then that the present script took concrete shape.”
CoVidGo’s cast Dr KK Khanna, Dr Swarupa Mitra, Elizabeth Schenk and Vineeta Guriar
The just released film is a 7.53-minute short. The goal of CoVidGo, says Agarwal, is to dispel misinformation about the vaccine. The filmmaker wanted people to be free of any concerns about taking the jab. In order to convey this message effectively, he cast real-life doctors in the film Octogenarian Dr KK Khanna is the most senior member in the cast. The paediatrician holds a master’s degree from Columbia University, and received the vaccine as soon as it was made available. The other doctor featured in the film is Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre’s chief oncologist Dr Swarupa Mitra.