Kadabettu’s Leela will now make her Bollywood debut with Vivek Agnihotri’s ‘The Vaccine War’

Sapthami Gowda, who became a household name after the success of Rishab Shetty’s Kantara has got her big Bollywood break. Kadabettu’s Leela is set to make her Bollywood debut with director Vivek Agnihotri’s upcoming film, The Vaccine War.

Kantara actor joins Bollywood

Director Vivek Agnihotri, who tasted massive success with his ‘The Kashmir Files’ this year, has started shooting for his next project titled ‘The Vaccine War’ in Lucknow. Bankrolled by Pallavi Joshi, who is also playing a pivotal role in The Vaccine War, the film features Anupam Kher, Nana Patekar, and Divya Seth among others.


When asked about the casting preference, The Kashmir Files filmmaker says, “I saw Kantara, and liked Sapthami Gowda’s performance as Leela. I so wanted to have her part of my film, and when I called Sapthami, she graciously agreed to do the role. I’m very happy about her joining the team of The Vaccine War.”

Vivek further adds that he wants to break the North-South divide. “I’m making an Indian film, and we wanted to bring the right cast and work with good actors irrespective of where they come from.”

The Vaccine War

The Vaccine War will be released on August 15 this year in 11 languages including Hindi, English, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Urdu, and Assamese.


Previously, shared a picture of the script of the film with a clap from the mahurat shot on his social media. He wrote in the caption, “GM. We live for new things. New happiness. New laughters. New challenges. Yet, we feel comfortable in the old & established and stick to it. This contradiction gives suffering. Fastest and surest way to find happiness: Jump into uncertainty. The unknown. #CreativeConsciousness (sic)”.

‘The Vaccine War’ pays tribute to the endless support and commitment of the medical fraternity and scientists during the uneasy times of the Covid-19 pandemic.