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Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain - Review


Director: Ravi Kumar
Writers: Ravi Kumar | David Brooks
Stars: Rajpal Yadav | Mischa Barton | Martin Sheen | Kal Penn
Runtime: 96 minutes


Synopsis
Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain tells the inside story of the biggest man made industrial disaster in the human history that happened in Bhopal, India. The leaking MIC killed about 10,000 of people in just one night and left lakhs of people injured or disabled.

The movie begins with Dilip (Rajpal Yadav), a rickshaw driver in Bhopal who is living a poor life. But then, he lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. This changes his life. He is able to support his family even though he has to go under strenuous working hours. While inside the plant, he notices how casual the managers are regarding the safety.

On the other hand is Motwani (Kal Penn), a tabloid journalist who wants to bring out the fact that Bhopal residents are facing problems like choking at night and a stench that prevails the environment. He wants to expose the naked truth that Bhopal currently inhabits a deadly time bomb in the form of Union Carbide plant. He hopes are raised when he meets Eva (Mischa Barton), an American journalist. Eva confronts Warren Anderson (Martin Sheen), the Carbide executive to know the truth.

All these stories intertwine and tells the horrifying truth of the disaster that took place on 3rd December 1984.


Review
To tell the events, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain takes support of the narrative (one of the protagonists) of a common man named Dilip. Through him, we get to know about the poor lifestyles of people living in Bhopal. His life is miserable and he is not even able to feed his family. He is the strongest character in the film according to me. The act was so natural that you will forget you are watching an enactment. The scriptwriters cleverly use him and take us inside the Carbide plant. Here, we learn how careless the manager was and how greedily this whole operation was carried out.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is indeed clever in depicting things. Because it makes you feel that probably the plant had become a necessity for the Bhopal residents. As you see the events that takes place in the life of Dilip, you will see the difference. His life was miserable before joining the plant and became better and happier while working there. He could look after various errands. Despite of the fact that the carbide plant was a living ready-to-go-live-at-any-moment time bomb, you feel that it served the people a better life.

The ugly truth comes out in the form of the greed and carelessness. You are made aware of the safety measures that if taken into account would have prevented the disaster. The character of Motwani was a good relief and as the matter of the fact one of the protagonists. Kal Penn played it really good. He is all set to show the real face of Carbide to Bhopal but is never taken seriously. He also offered the much needed comic relief to the movie.

As Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain progresses, the viewers are exposed to the dirty face of corruption and villainous temperaments of the important people. I will refrain myself from giving away names here as that might account as spoilers. So watch to know more.

The last few minutes of the movie are really painful as the camera pans to display the effects of MIC on the people of Bhopal and how events turn out in the life of Dilip. If you are not so strong at heart, it might bring tears to your eyes. The sheer horror of the disaster is portrayed leaving you mourning for the victims.

Coming to the technical things, I really would have liked to see a better direction in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. It was good but there was a scope for improvement. Characters are shown in their villainous avatar without backing up their nature with a substantial meaning. It became over the top at certain places. I really loved the background score throughout. The cinematography was good. There were certain issues with the overall momentum of the movie. It had its drops and rises. The last few minutes were stretched resulting in an extended melodramatic approach.

At the end of the movie, some of the facts are displayed on the screen right before the credits. That was a good thing.

Overall, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is a pretty good movie that is capable of making you shiver. It tells you about the ugly truth behind the disaster and how one thing led to the other. It displays the needfulness of Bhopal residents that ultimately led to a horrifying end. It displays the greediness and shrewdness of the Americans. It portrays the carelessness of Indian managers. It portrays the corrupted politicians.

Do watch the movie is all I can say to you. It will stir up your souls, send shivers down your spine and make you ponder over the disaster that might have been prevented if......


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Know more about the movie at http://bhopalmovie.com/

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December 4, 2014 at 1:00 PM delete

Excellent review. I did not know about this film about such a sad disaster.

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December 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM delete

Excellent post, will watch the movie for sure..... Thanks for sharing!!!

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Anita
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December 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM delete

What happened at Bhopal is terrible...
Well expressed.
The movie is to release tomorrow, Anmol.
You watched the premiere show?

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Anmol Rawat
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December 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM delete

Thank you Barbara :) Well then, you must watch the movie.

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Anmol Rawat
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December 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM delete

Thank you Bhavani :) Hope you like it.

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Anmol Rawat
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December 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM delete

Yeah it is and this movie reveals so much that it will leave you shocked.
Yes, I attended the press screening :)

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