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Bhopal Express (1999)

From producer Deepak Nayer (Buena Vista Social Club, Lost Highway) comes this powerful drama about a newlywed couple whose lives are changed during the lethal gas tragedy in Bhopal, India in 1984.


Mahesh Mathai
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Credited cast:
Kay Kay Menon ... Verma
Nethra Raghuraman Nethra Raghuraman ... Tara
Zeenat Aman ... Zohrabai
Vijay Raaz ... Badru
Bert Thomas Bert Thomas ... David
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Susan Angelo ... Union Carbide Executive
Jeff Davis
Dorinda Katz ... American Girl
Lena Milan ... American Executive
Naseeruddin Shah ... Bashir
Chris Sullivan ... Maurice


Set against the gas tragedy in Bhopal, India in 1984, this human drama examines the irresponsible methods of large corporations and the effects of their actions on common people. The night of the tragedy, poison gas clouds from the Union Carbide factory enveloped an arc of over 20 square kilometers killing over 8,000 people in its immediate aftermath and causing multi-systemic injuries to over 500,000 residents. Lest the neighborhood community be "unduly alarmed", the siren in the factory had been switched off, adding to what would become an enduring disaster of immeasurable proportions. Adding insult to injury, researchers are finding that the future generations of the survivors will continue to suffer through chromosonal damage caused by the leak. This unforgettable story unravels through the eyes of a newlywed couple and their friends as they try to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the catastrophe. Written by Christa Hamilton

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Subtle, moving portrayal of a real life disaster
29 April 2002 | by Toshiro MifuneSee all my reviews

This film relates the real life chemical industrial accident of the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India in 1984. Known as the "Hiroshima" of such industrial tragedies, the gas that leaked from this badly constructed building killed thousands and is still the cause of many deaths every month.

For a first time director, 'Bhopal Express' is handled extremely well. Very little of the actual factory is shown early in the film. Instead, Mahesh Mathai allows the film time and space to build in emotion and intensity displaying a cinematic wisdom that will be exciting to watch grow. The acting is strong and believable and the cinematography, done by Mathai himself, is reminiscent of the graceful, fluent movements of the great Satyajit Ray. Although the ending suffers from a touch of sentimentality, it is almost deserved and allows the narrative to end rising, though not on what you would call a high note.

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2 December 1999 (India) See more »

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David Lynch presents Bhopal Express See more »

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