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The film documents the events leading to one of biggest industrial disasters where more than 20,000 people died from effects of leaking poisonous gas from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India. This accident took place in Dec 1984 but to this day,the locals have not got over the tragedy which took place that day.In addition to the deaths, it is reported that hundreds were blinded, maimed or permanently disabled.The after effects,it is reported ,continue to this day.
The story unfolds through the eyes of Rajpal Yadav who plays a rickshaw puller who gets the job of a technician in the factory despite not being qualified.The factory is located in the middle of the town but as the Chairman (Martin Sheen) says the town wasn't there when they set up the factory.The point however is not about the location but about the lax safety procedures and the flouting of safety rules, which had become common.
Inspite of knowing the runaway reaction of the chemical Methyl iso cyanate with water, the authorities made no effort to take precautions or store any antidote. A series of minor accidents take place and the safety supervisor warns the authorities but of no avail. Finally a massive leak of poisonous gas takes place and the whole town is engulfed. Within hours,hundreds die of it's effect. Medical facilities are grossly inadequate to deal with this emergency.
Director Ravi Kumar has done an excellent job of presenting this narrative in a very convincing and interesting manner. It requires talent to convert such a subject for the commercial cinema. How disaster is born out of the unholy nexus between greedy businessmen, corrupt govt. officials and irresponsible managers is brought out effectively.Realistic though disturbing scenes of damage caused are shown and some of them are indeed cringe worthy but probably it was unavoidable. A good combination of documentary film and commercial feature in correct proportions.
In the acting department, Rajpal Yadav stands out with a realistic performance followed by Martin Sheen as the chairman and Kal Penn, as the local news editor.