'A Prayer For Rain' is a much anticipated feature film, sympathetically dramatizing the Bhopal Disaster and featuring Martin Sheen, Kal Penn and Mischa Barton.
“Dilip, a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. It is a chance to prove his worth to his family and pull them out of poverty. The job is tough with long hours; everyone is desperate to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards. Dilip’s long time friend, Motwani, a tabloid journalist knows that Bhopal residents complain of the constant stench in the air and wake up at night choking from the gas. He is on a mission to expose what he believes is a deadly time bomb ticking away in his home town. He feels as if no one will listen but when he meets feisty American journalist, Eva, he sees a ray of hope and persuades her to confront Carbide executive Warren Anderson. As Eva and Motwani endeavour to delve deeper into Carbide’s activities, Dilip is using every resource necessary to pay and plan for his sister’s wedding. When the wedding night arrives the family are full of joy and celebration as two families join together as one. But as the music plays an invisible catastrophe is working its way throughout the town and wedding party. One by one the guests start to feel unwell the largest tower at the Carbide plant spews poisonous gas into the night air; one by one they collapse; and one by one they unknowingly become a statistic in the world’s largest chemical disaster to date. Nearly thirty years later as the plant stands as a ghost-like constant reminder, the water in Bhopal is still contaminated and one person a day dies as a direct result of the tragedy, Eva visits the now retired Anderson. Will he finally bow down and apologize? Or will he continue to deny that Carbide had any part to play…? “
A Prayer for Rain also features Sting, who has teamed up with sitarist Anoushka Shankar to create a song inspired by the film.
“Sting was very moved by the film and offered to compose a song after it was ready. The song is now being added to the film,” said a source.
When contacted, the film’s director Ravi Kumar said: “Yes, Sting and Anoushka Shankar are doing a song for my film.”
The film is released in the US on November 7th, and in India from December, with premieres in Mumbai and in Bhopal- on the date of the 30th anniversary of this terrible disaster.
Although the film is a drama, and cannot purvey all of the facts and figures of this labyrinthine story, we believe that the director has crafted a great film with a very sympathetic understanding of the truth behind the Bhopal Disaster story.