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'Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain' an effective cautionary tale
'Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain' an effective cautionary tale

The 1984 leak of methyl isocyanate at the American-owned Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, killed more than 15,000 and injured half a million. Indian filmmaker Ravi Kumar vividly re-creates the disaster and the events leading to it for his ambitious and shattering first feature, "Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain." Debt-ridden Dilip (Rajpal Yadav) is eager to find work at Carbide. Financial relief aside, a job with the town's flagship employer bestows a certain social respectability that will improve his sister's marriage prospects. The freak accidental death of a worker creates an opportunity, and Dilip steps into the vacancy despite his lack of experience and...

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