Synopsis – Interwoven stories of people in India and US as they face dilemmas of life time in the months leading to the biggest Industrial disaster in human history that claimed 10,000 innocent lives within a few hours. Inspired by real events.
My Take – Its always terrifying to watch a film based on natural disaster, imagine the intensity of a film based on an event which known as the world’s worst industrial disaster, claiming lives till date! This film is a story about the Bhopal Gas incident of 1984 when the Bhopal Union Carbide plant leaked 40 tonnes of a deadly gas leaving more than 10,000 corpses on the streets. The movie does not blame any one company or individual solely for the disaster rather it explains the chronology of errors that leading to the event in a moving & captivating way.
The film was bound to have some humorous elements due to inclusion Kal Penn & Bollywood comedian Rajpal Yadav. The Hindi language in the film enhances the authenticity as Ravi Kumar captures the warmth and spirit, problems and pressures that slum dwellers endure. He does so without sensationalism or a Western mindset, in a way that only an Indian director could! The film also reveals the workings of Indian newspapers, overcrowded Indian hospitals and the relations between politicians and businessmen. It captures the rich flavor of India showing colorful life ordinary people lead. It shows more about the country than many mainstream films on India such as Slumdog Millionaire portray! The film has a mix blend of well known Western & Indian cast, Martin Sheen is a veteran for whom giving a master house performance is a piece of cake! The huge surprises come in the form of Kal Penn & Rajpal Yadav, two under rated actors known mainly for their comedic roles, carry the whole film on their shoulders, proving a range of performances they can provide. Mischa Barton is wasted!
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is not a dark, depressing film like 12 Years A Slave or The Impossible, nor is it a documentary. Rather it has many light moments, as a feature film should. Director Ravi Kumar has taken on the task of covering this monumental disaster in a feature film & does it very well! By having a plot focused on a few characters. The timing of the screening is perfect too since 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Must Watch!!
Director – Ravi Kumar
Rated – TBA
Run Time – 96 minutes