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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.

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Mahesh Mathai
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Cast

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:
Jeff Davis
Dorinda Katz ... American Girl
Lena Milan ... American Executive
Naseeruddin Shah ... Bashir
Chris Sullivan ... Maurice
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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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A David Lynch Presentation

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India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

2 December 1999 (India) See more »

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David Lynch presents Bhopal Express See more »

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Bhopal Express
17 March 2006 | by folkpoet80See all my reviews

Aside from the fact that no movie can ever do justice in portraying the plight of people who were and are still being affected by the horrible tragedy that struck Bhopal in 1984, this movie is decently made, but still leaves quite a bit to be desired. Naseeruddin Shah did his cameo well. The lead actor acted well and the actress didn't have much role to play, but her facial expressions were quite good for a newcomer. I personally feel that too much time was spent in shooting the 'bar' scene. Aside from showing the gas leak and minor aftermath, there was nothing in the movie that one hasn't already seen in tons of other documentaries. It is still commendable that the crew picked such an important topic. 7/10


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