Starring:Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Akhil Mishra, Fagun Thakrar, Joy Sengupta, Kal Penn, Martin Brambach, David Brooks, Vineet Kumar, Satish Kaushik, Vasanth Santosham, Manoj Joshi.
Release Date:5 December 2014
Is it a divine intervention that a movie based on the world’s worst industrial disaster is being released just about after 2 months of the demise of its perpetrator? Indian judicial system could not extradite Warren Anderson let alone implicate him of manslaughter. But then, we never assumed that it would ever happen. As a responsible industry, Indian cinema successfully managed to brush this disastrous incident under the carpet for the fear of generating controversy until recently. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is a ghost that has been set free to ask some tough questions on behalf of those unfortunate ones whose lives were cut short on 2-3 December, 1984 as well those who suffer till now. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain was completed in 2010 and since then it was languishing around for the lack of distributors and it almost got appropriated as a fodder by the termites. All these years, it has been screened at various international film festivals and has been praised unanimously. Ravi Kumar’s unrelenting attitude made it possible for this long overdue movie to see the light of the day. Otherwise, it could have become another Bhopal Express. (Bhopal Express is a 1999 movie starring Naseeruddin Shah, Kay Kay Menon based on the same subject- went unnoticed).
When corporate greed joins hands with governmental negligence- a disaster of epic proportions is just a stone’s throw away. This is what the movie has set out to depict. Going by the trailer, the movie genuinely appears to be an honest account of the dreadful 1984 incident. It manages to force us to sit up straight and notice. The music composed by Emmy nominated Benjamin Wallfisch is intriguing and the cinematography appears to be fresh and apt.
The movie is a casting coup of sorts. The movie has a stellar cast as far as quality is concerned. It is definitely going to be a visual treat to watch our immensely talented Rajpal Yadav share screen space with the legend Martin Sheen himself. The Addicted girl, Mischa Barton plays a journalist whose presence will only help the movie. Kal Penn, better known as ‘the Harold & Kumar guy’ and often confused with ‘that Kamasutra guy’ plays a guide who knows a little more than other city dwellers. Tannishta Chatterjee is the girl to watch out for.
In a nutshell, The Movie Wala is eagerly awaiting Bhopal A Prayer for Rain’s release. Expectations are soaring with this flick.
(Preview aside, if you want to know how devastating that tragedy was then please click here)
REVIEW FOR BHOPAL : A PRAYER FOR RAIN COMES IN ON 5 DECEMBER 2014, ON THEMOVIEWALA.COM
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