Actors Kal Penn and Rajpal Yadav will be launching a new trailer and behind-the-scenes footage from their upcoming film ‘Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain’ at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. To be screened tomorrow 20th October at 7:30 PM at Chandan Cinema, Juhu; Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain is a social thriller scripted around the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984. The film is set for a pan India release on 5th Dec, 2014.
Set amidst the real-life Bhopal disaster that had occurred in India on December 2–3, 1984. Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Fagun Thakrar, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Rajpal Yadav have been cast in the lead roles. Produced by Sahara Movie Studios and Rising Star Entertainment, Director Ravi Kumar described it as "a dramatization, inspired by real events".
Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain is a movie that depicts the shocking events, leading to the biggest man made industrial disaster in history killing as many as 10,000 people in one night. The movie is a narration of the story from Dilip’s perspective. Dilip (played by Rajpal Yadav), a rickshaw driver in Bhopal, India, lands himself a job at the Union Carbide plant. The job is tough and risky with long hours, still everyone wants to hold on to their pay cheque and so Dilip keeps quiet when he notices managers at the plant ignoring safety standards. The negligence at Union Carbide led to the leakage of methyl isocyanide which killed thousands of people. Tens of thousands of people still suffer from illnesses caused by the exposure to this gas.
Not many know that this film was made way back in 2010 and was originally slated for a late 2010 release. Later in a December 2011 interview, Kumar anticipated a 2012 release, saying that "We have been invited to some major film festivals where it will be premiered. The release dates will be decided by the distributor all over the world according to their plans." In April 2013, a new trailer was released, and the film received a market screening at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. A Prayer for Rain will release in US in November and to worldwide audiences on 5 December 2014. Recently a private screening of the movie was held at the youth assembly in the United Nations on 7 August 2014.