Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain (English, Hindi) - External Reviews

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Horrific real-life disaster, engaging film. And therein lies the irony of human nature.



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25 reviewers have given Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain an average rating of 3.2/5.0 (?)

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2 nays
14 so-so

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Thumbs down by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies ...That being said, the film’s simultaneous effort to whitewash the wrongdoings of Carbide’s American bosses is repugnant to say the least. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, BHOPAL: A PRAYER FOR RAIN is an average film but surely a onetime watch.... full review

Thumbs up by IANS , Bollywood Life ...“Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain” leaves us with feeling of a deep longing for the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy, and for the victims of imperialism anywhere at any time. Come to think of it, while the victims of the tragedy in Bhopal await justice, the only good thing to come out of the tragedy is this haunting dramatic film. Not to be missed.... full review

So-So by Tanaya Ramyani, BookmyShow ...Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is an extraordinary testament of human tragedy. It probes deep into the lives of the victims of the 1984 industrial disaster. Ravi Kumar deftly sheds light on the corruption and negligence of the higher authorities, which led to one of the world’s worst industrial disasters. Watch the film for its dramatic essence and the Rajpal Yadav’s acting prowess ... full review

So-So Daily Bhaskar ...Watch the film for some good performances by the actors, and for a decent interpretation of what might have happened on the night of disaster... full review

So-So by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle ...Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain tells the story of the worst of times with some needless “cinematic liberties” that make it a lesser movie, but, perhaps, a more palatable one. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mohammad Murtaza Ali, Desi Martini ...The movie is meant for serious filmgoers only;the casual viewers are advised to stay away from it.A must watch for those who admire realism.... full review

Thumbs up by reeja Sreedharan, Desi Martini ...A haunting and compelling portrayal of the biggest human tragedies in the world... full review

So-So by Bryan Durham, DNA ...This film has its heart in the right place. If only it had beat a little more passionately... this cautionary chronicle would have been that much more impactful.... full review

So-So by Mihir Fadnavis , FirstPost ...Even with all these flaws it is difficult to fault the film’s intentions. It’s quite possible that there was a better film gestating on the cutting room floor and it got lost after constant setbacks during the half a decade long production. Perhaps we’ll see that film someday, and it would hopefully be a little less melodramatic.... full review

So-So by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...“Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain” sets its sights on being a historical-drama but it’s efforts to showcase the shocking events that led to the tragedy appear less than gritty and realistic- mainly because the narrative prefers to sit on the fence and the overall performances are not of a very high quality. While focusing largely on the negligence and ineptitude of the mostly inexperienced and under-qualified technical crew in the plant the film seeks to draw the ire away from the CEO’s own culpability in the matter of administrative accountability ... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua , ...Rajpal Yadav and Tannishtha Chatterjee are subtle and effective. They are a delight to watch, especially together. Joy Sengupta looks slightly confused. Manoj Joshi is wasted, but he is very good in his role as the harrowed doctor. Lalit Tiwari deserved a lengthier role.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...A must see film for those who believe in researched film-making. This film also ensures that this worst industrial disaster which happened in India is not forgotten. ... full review

So-So by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times ...Sadly, this film does not offer any new insights into the tragedy. It could have been far more touching with a better research. Nonetheless, the performances and a decent screenplay make it worth a watch.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...There is a sense of drama in the final moments, in the manner that the gas leak is shot: the chaos at the general hospital, the bodies strewn in the slums, on the hospital steps, in the streets. It's commendable that the film relives the terrible tragedy of the gas leak, but sadly, it has few moments that are extraordinary or even genuinely moving... full review

Thumbs up by Rohit Khilnani , india today ...Filmmaker Ravi Kumar has captured everything that this drama needed. The feel of Bhopal in the 80s, the slum life, the joy of a man who lands a job at the plant and the disaster, everything if managed well. However the quality of production could have been better. Bhopal - A Prayer for Rain is a story that needed to be told.... full review

Thumbs down by Suhani Singh, india today ...Inspired by real events and characters, Kumar has said that he hopes to inform the newer generation about the tragedy. Unfortunately, this is not the film that does justice to it.... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...Do not assume that it is a documentary that will bore you with an informative story. This film is a must watch if you wish to know the plight of Bhopal residents, who are still fighting for justice. It is a dose of reality for both Indians and Americans, to learn how they brought on India’s worst chemical disaster.... full review

So-So by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint ...The climactic scenes of mass hysteria and death have some powerful moments and make you wonder why we don’t remind ourselves of this tragedy more often. But apart from the provocative end, Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain is a wasted opportunity. Read more at: full review

So-So by Shubha Shetty Saha, MiD DAY ...What's worse is that Kumar, obviously unaware of the actual life in a city like Bhopal, gets the unlikeliest characters to speak English and that along with jerky, disturbing camera movements, kills the flow of the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...Neither does the air of foreboding that hangs over segments of the film sustain itself long and strongly enough to convey the sheer magnitude of the crisis that is about to explode. has its shares of flaws and lows, but Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is still a must-see film for the courage of its conviction, if for nothing else. ... full review

Thumbs up by Prasanna D Zore., Rediff ...Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, is an honest yet haunting film. The images of those who suffered will stay with you for quite some time.... full review

Thumbs up by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu ...A fair and focused portrayal of forms human greed and desperation can take... full review

So-So by Srijana Mitra Das,, Times of India ...Dulal's wry take - "Dialogues acche the. Film theek thi" - works here too. This keeda could've had a much sharper bite.... full review

Thumbs up by Subhash K. Jha, ZEENEWS.COM ...Come to think of it, while the victims of the tragedy in Bhopal await justice, the only good thing to come out of the tragedy is this haunting dramatic film. Not to be missed.... full review