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Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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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.

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Ravi Kumar
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kal Penn ... Motwani
Martin Sheen ... Warren Anderson
Mischa Barton ... Eva Gascon
Tannishtha Chatterjee ... Leela
Rajpal Yadav ... Dilip
Satish Kaushik ... Chief Minister
Manoj Joshi ... Dr. Chandra
Akhil Mishra ... Napolean
Martin Brambach Martin Brambach ... Ted
Fagun Thakrar ... Rekha
Lisa Dwan Lisa Dwan ... Marika
Joy Sengupta ... Roy
Kailash Kher ... Kailash Kher
Om Prakash Om Prakash ... Rakesh
Vineet Kumar Vineet Kumar ... Choudhury (as Vinit Kumar)
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Storyline

The story follows a young rickshaw-puller in Bhopal who gets a menial job at a chemical plant, but in December of 1984 a chemical spill in India takes the lives of almost 15,000 people and injuring more than 100,000. The film follows how the industrial disaster in the city changes his life and those of others. Written by anonymous

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The world's deadliest industrial disaster

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Prayer for Rain See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,948, 7 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,948, 7 November 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A total of 36 wards were marked by the authorities as being "gas affected," affecting a population of 520,000. Of these, 200,000 were below 15 years of age, and 3,000 were pregnant women. See more »

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Throughout the movie, the role of sodium hypochlorite has been emphasised as an antidote to the poisonous effects of MIC (methyl isocyanate) gas. However, there is no known antidote for MIC poisoning, and the treatment is largely based on supportive care. There does exist an antidote for cyanide poisoning, which can occur as part of impurities present in MIC itself. The antidote for cyanide poisoning is a combination of amyl nitrite and sodium thiosulphate. See more »

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A Haunting Rush To The Past. ♦ 76%
13 December 2014 | by TejasNairSee all my reviews

I know better than to wholly trust what I see in a film. But Ravi Kumar's honest and haunting story of what really happened on December 1984 at the heart of India makes my view on the topic clear. The figures may never be accurately exacted, but the magnitude of the tragedy is explicit. Who's to be blamed? The film says what we want to hear.

Union Carbide is seen adopting poor working conditions from the beginning even when they were alerted of the disastrous effects of MIC (Methyl Isocyanate), the chemical the plant produced, in 1982. Giving the story a dramatic addition of a family, the film takes you on a gradual fact-finding trip as "pure negligence" is termed as the single, great cause of the whole tragedy. Negligence by everyone involved: the government, the UCC, and partially even the employees. Also, structural changes were made to the plant, and as the Carbide called it Indianization, which triggered the leak. The fact that journalism acted without effect puts us in a state of confusion: whether to believe it or not. Had journalism been paid heed like we do now in 2014, Bhopal Gas Tragedy COULD have easily been averted. Many things together caused the tragedy and the only way to right this wrong was to strictly regulate industrial operations, which is still a debatable topic. The compensation was like a honorarium.

The performances by Rajpal Yadav, Martin Sheen & Kal Penn is what drives the film into a suspense thriller. The only sadness we have as an audience is that we can't go back in time and try to delete the incident. A pre-credit montage of the aftermath is the silver lining of the film. It says that Union Carbide never apologized, which is even graver a fact.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the many pleasures while watching this historical drama is that Warren Anderson is dead as a dodo. Recommended!

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES


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