Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is an historical-drama film set amidst the real-life Bhopal disaster that had occurred in India on December 2–3, 1984. Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee, and Fagun Thakrar have been cast in the lead roles. Sahara Movie Studios and Rising Star Entertainment have produced the movie and have been committed to it since inception. Director Ravi Kumar described it as “a dramatization, inspired by real events”. It was originally slated for a late 2010 release.
In a December 2011 interview, Kumar anticipated a 2012 release, saying that “We have been invited to some major film festivals where it will be premiered. The release dates will be decided by the distributor all over the world according to their plans.” In April 2013, a new trailer was released, and the film received a market screening at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May and 19 May.
A Prayer for Rain will release in US in November and to worldwide audiences on 5 December 2014.