Movie Review: Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain
Cast: Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee
Director: Ravi Kumar
Rating: 4 Star
The film is a historic -drama about the worlds worst industrial disaster. It’s a story about what happened in 1984 when the Union Carbide’s Bhopal plant leaked 40 tonnes of a deadly gas leaving as many as 10,000 dead in one night. The releases marks the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
Dilip (Rajpal Yadav), a poor rickshaw driver lives near the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal with his wife Leela (Tannishtha Chatterjee). As he is struggling to make ends meet he lands a job at the Union Carbide plant. He does his job sincerely but soon finds out that the safety manager of the plant is not doing his job with honesty and flouting safety norms. One by one people working in the plant start falling sick. Some because of the stench and others who came in contact with the liquids.
A local journalist Motwani (Kal Penn) has been trying hard to expose all the irregularities of Union Carbide. He relentlessly follows the story and keeps publishing them one after the other. With the help of a young American journalist he manages an interview with Warren Anderson (Martin Sheen) says they have no one to blame but themselves. When the poisonous gas leaks it kills thousands overnight. The scenes are horrific and disturbing.
Filmmaker Ravi Kumar has captured everything that this drama needed. The feel of Bhopal in the 80s, the slum life, the joy of a man who lands a job at the plant and the disaster, everything if managed well. However the quality of production could have been better.
Bhopal – A Prayer for Rain is a story that needed to be told.