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Check out this incredible new trailer for Mischa’s upcoming role in A Prayer for Rain. The film is inspired by the real events surrounding the tragic Bhopal disaster. Mischa’s co-stars are Martin Sheen and Kal Penn.

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In 1945 Union Carbide Corporation helped build the atomic bomb. In 1984 they built a time-bomb…

Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn and a powerful ensemble cast, “Bhopal A Prayer For Rain” is an epic, ‘whodunnit’ that exposes the shocking events that led to the biggest man made industrial disaster in history, in which as many as 10,000 people were killed in one night and for those that did survive, the tragedy had just begun.

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 apologise? Or will he continue to deny that Carbide had any part to play…?

A disaster that set a deadly precedent for multinational corporate activity in the developing world and revealed a poisonous corruption at the heart of India, the world’s largest democracy – this is a story that demands to be seen.

 

 

OK! TV: Mischa at Pia Michi

Here is an OK! segment from the Pia Michi party. Mischa mentions two of her upcoming film projects, The Sibling and Bhopal.

BTW, in case you missed it on Twitter, screen writer/director Kraig Wenman twittered that Mischa will be shooting a movie called “Offline” from June 12th. I have no idea if this is a legitimate Twitter account or even a legitimate film project, so at this stage consider it a rumour.

Bhopal film in trouble?

Hollywood stars Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton’s upcoming film, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, based on the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, has come under severe attack from NGOs and campaigners for several reasons.

Sheen plays Warren Anderson, the then chief executive of Union Carbide, while Barton plays Eva Gascon, a journalist of the magazine, Paris Match. Although the film has been kept under wraps, reports suggest it ends with an imagined present-day meeting between an unrepentant Anderson and a remorseful Gascon at the former’s country club in the US.

Director Ravi Kumar was unavailable for a comment. However, Rachna Dhingra of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal says the movie “shows the US-based Union Carbide Corporation management as pure saints”. She adds that they have been in constant touch with Sheen. “Initially, Kumar was in touch but once we started raising objections, he vanished. Sheen has expressed solidarity with us over the issue.”

“Kumar’s film shows Union Carbide’s Indian subsidiary Union Carbide India Limited was responsible for the tragedy while Anderson goes scot-free. Several respected people such as senior journalist Raj Kumar Keswani are depicted in an objectionable manner,” says Dhingra, adding they want the makers to re-shoot a small portion. “They haven’t responded yet. If our concerns aren’t dealt with, we won’t let the film open.”

Satinath Sarangi, managing trustee of Bhopal-based Sambhavna Clinic, which has been helping the victims over the years, says, “Ravi Kumar was constantly in touch with us initially but he suddenly stopped communicating. We are going to shoot off letters to all cast members including Barton and Sheen, who will pay heed to our objections because he has been involved with several causes around  the world.” Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee, who plays Leela in the film, says, “I am an Indian so I will never be part of any film that’s insensitive to such a subject.”

The film is likely to release later this year.

HindustanTimes

When Hollywood was touched by the Bhopal gas tragedy

Mumbai: Hollywood stars Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn have been so touched by the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 that they have readily agreed to feature in a DVD expressing their thoughts on the tragedy.

This DVD is part of a Hollywood movie on the gas tragedy starring the trio. The shooting of the movie titled Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain was completed a few days before the verdict on the tragedy of 1984 was out.

A spokesperson of the production house says, “During the shooting,Martin, Mischa and Kal expressed their views on the gas leak as well as the tragedy. We are in the process of compiling those views for an exclusive DVD. We wantIndians to know what leading stars of Hollywood feel about the tragedy that caused such widespread attention across the planet.”

The official adds, “The inclusion of Kal (Kalpen Suresh Modi) in the DVD is expected to touch the hearts of Indians even more. Kal will immediately strike a chord with Indians because he has his roots in India. We are hoping people will watch the DVD as they would watch the movie. It’s an initiative that is close to the hearts of everyone.”

DNA India

Bhopal: Prayer for Rain – Behind the Scenes Video

Check out this video from the Bhopal: Prayer for Rain set. The video features information and interviews dealing with the actual gas tragedy. Then towards the end both Mischa and Martin Sheen are interviewed about the film and we get a little glimpse at Mischa filming a scene. Thanks to Maz!

Bhopal Doc Pilot from Henrik Norrthon on Vimeo.

Bhopal disaster film criticised over portrayal of victims

Movie accused of glossing over role of US company in Indian toxic gas disaster

A film starring top Hollywood actors that dramatises the Bhopal gas disaster has been criticised by campaigners and participants in the tragedy for misrepresenting individuals and the facts.

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is due for release this autumn with Mischa Barton and Martin Sheen in leading roles.

Shot largely in India, it portrays the events around the world’s worst industrial accident, in which clouds of toxic gas escaped from a chemical plant run by a part-owned subsidiary of American company Union Carbide.

More than 8,000 people, mainly living in slums around the plant, died immediately when the gas leaked shortly after midnight on 3 December 1984. At least 25,000 others are estimated to have died over subsequent years and many more continue to suffer today.

Ravi Kumar, the writer and director, said the film was “a dramatisation, inspired by real events.

“There are 18- and 19-year-olds across India and across the world who have never heard of Bhopal. I could have made a four-hour documentary that no one would have seen.

“This way a whole new generation will learn about what happened and a whole series of very important and relevant questions can be discussed,” said Kumar, a London-based paediatrician who has raised more than $5m from Indian private backers for the project.

Sheen plays Warren Anderson, the chief executive of Union Carbide, headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut. Barton plays Eva Gascon, a fictitious reporter from Paris-Match who learns of the problems at the plant from a local journalist but decides not to publish a story.

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On Set Photos

Several different albums from some of Mischa’s recent movies have been updated with behind the scenes photos of Mischa taking pictures with crew and fans. Big thanks to Maz for sending these through! Here is what has been added:
- Behind the Scenes on Homecoming
- Behind the Scenes on Don’t Fade Away
- Production Stills on Bhopal
- Behind the Scenes on Bhopal

Hollywood biggies, desi premiere

It could be the grandest Indian premiere for a Hollywood movie. Efforts are on to bring down Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn to India for the premiere of Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain.

Directed by Ravi Kumar, the film is based on the tragedy in Bhopal that caused large number of deaths and permanent injuries. It was one of the deadliest gas leaks ever (Dec ‘84) and took place at a pesticide plant then owned and operated by Union Carbide.

Martin felt for the cause and that’s what propelled him to sign the movie and even play a controversial character. He plays the character of Warren Anderson, the former CEO of Union Carbide. Anderson is wanted by Indian authorities and the Interpol as he allegedly faces charges of culpable homicide.

In the movie Martin will be shown facing arrest and then fleeing the country by a private jet. Warren, who has been termed a fugitive by Indian courts, currently resides in New York. Reportedly, his yearly golf club membership is 3-4 times the average compensation for a survivor of the gas tragedy.

“The movie has been talked about a lot in the US. Now, the makers want the people of India to see the movie. The shooting took place in Bhopal, Hyderabad and Mumbai and so not having the cast here to promote the film doesn’t make sense. So efforts are on to bring them down,” says a source.

Actor Tannishtha Chatterjee is also part of the cast in this movie. She says, “Martin fell in love with India and he was very excited to see new places. There were instances when he shot with us for 18 hours a day. He’s a legend and he could have said that he won’t shoot but he was very cooperative. He will be more than happy to come to India again.”

DNA India (Thanks to Chris for the tip)

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