Press Release from MovieScore Media:
Cowritten and directed by Ravi Kumar, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is a harrowing tale based on real events that happened exactly 30 years ago. The story follows young rickshaw driver Dilip who is lucky enough to get a menial job at the Union Carbide chemical plant of his hometown Bhopal. As Dilip gets ready for his sister’s wedding, an unforeseen tragedy unfolds. Dilip and his family fall victim to the worst industrial disaster in recorded history, as poisonous gas from the factory is released into the air following a storage tank explosion, claiming well over 15,000 lives and causing countless injuries. The story is told from the perspective of Dilip and his family, local journalist Motwani (Kal Penn), American journalist Eva (Mischa Barton) and Union Carbide executive Warren Anderson (Martin Sheen).
The original soundtrack album is being released by MovieScore Media, Sweden and features The Chamber Orchestra of London recorded at Air Studios, conducted by the composer. Influences of local music are represented through the Tabla and the Bulbul Tarang (Indian Banjo) and an Indian flute playing the childhood theme which communicates life and hope. On the other hand, the score also features terrifying electronic textures representing the toxic chemicals suffocating the city. The album closes with the composer’s own end credits song, “A Prayer For Rain", performed by Mary Lea.