Martin Sheen

Mischa Barton As Eva Gascon

An actress with talent and poise beyond her years, born in London and raised in New York, Mischa Barton has the kind of career most actors can only dream about. From humble beginnings in New York Theater in 1994 where she trained with such esteemed director/writers as James Lapine (Twelve Dreams at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner (Slavs! at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare at the Public Theatre with Dianne Wiest), she went on to work side by side with modern-day screen icons including Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant on Notting Hill (1999), Bruce Willis and Toni Collette on The Sixth Sense (1999) and Sam Rockwell in her Sundance critically-lauded feature film debut Lawn Dogs (1997) produced by Duncan Kenworthy in 1998.

Yet, despite this early success in theater and film, what really catapulted Mischa to the next level and made her a household name is her small screen performance as the irrepressible and irresistible Marisa on the popular Fox television show, The O.C. (2003) (2003 to 2006). The show fast became a global cult phenomenon and has earned many awards including a Television Critics Association Award nomination for 'Outstanding New Program of the Year'.

Established as one of the most sought after young actresses of her generation Mischa was named 'It Girl' in 2003 by Entertainment Weekly, she was also Hollywood Life's 'Breakthrough Actress of the Year', she won several American Teen Choice Awards for the show, and also Cosmopolitan's 'Fun Fearless Female Award' for Knockout Ingenue and Glamour's 'Women of the Year'. She has been ranked as one of People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' from 2003 to 2007. She was awarded the VIPer Award in 2008 for 'Style Icon 2007' by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. Most recently in 2007, she played opposite Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring (2007), with Hayden Christensen in the Dino De Laurentiis film Virgin Territory (2007), and starred opposite Bruce Willis in Assassination of a High School President (2008) for the Yari Production Company. In 2007, she filmed Walled In (2009) for the French production company Canal Plus, and she starred in and produced the film Homecoming (2009).

Even at such an early age, Mischa has also made a major impression in the fashion and beauty world. She has already graced the covers of countless international magazines and has become the face of numerous advertising campaigns.

This commercial and theatrical success has given the young woman an opportunity to take an extremely influential role in the global community. She became the spokesperson for Climate Star, an organization that fights global warming through social and legislative activism. She serves as an Entertainment Industry Foundation ambassador teaming up with QVC to spread awareness and raise funds for women's cancer research through the Fashion Footwear Association of New York Shoes on Sale Initiative and is also involved in the SAFE campaign for skin cancer awareness. She is an ambassador for Save the Children and the One Water campaign which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and is on the board of the Lupus Research Committee in Los Angeles.


An actress with talent and poise beyond her years, born in London and raised in New York, Mischa Barton has the kind of career most actors can only dream about. From humble beginnings in New York Theater in 1994 where she trained with such esteemed director/writers as James Lapine (Twelve Dreams at Lincoln Center with Donna Murphy), Tony Kushner (Slavs! at New York Theater Workshop with Marisa Tomei), and Naomi Wallace (One Flea Spare at the Public Theatre with Dianne Wiest), she went on to work side by side with modern-day screen icons including Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant on Notting Hill (1999), Bruce Willis and Toni Collette on The Sixth Sense (1999) and Sam Rockwell in her Sundance critically-lauded feature film debut Lawn Dogs (1997) produced by Duncan Kenworthy in 1998.

Yet, despite this early success in theater and film, what really catapulted Mischa to the next level and made her a household name is her small screen performance as the irrepressible and irresistible Marisa on the popular Fox television show, The O.C. (2003) (2003 to 2006). The show fast became a global cult phenomenon and has earned many awards including a Television Critics Association Award nomination for 'Outstanding New Program of the Year'.

Established as one of the most sought after young actresses of her generation Mischa was named 'It Girl' in 2003 by Entertainment Weekly, she was also Hollywood Life's 'Breakthrough Actress of the Year', she won several American Teen Choice Awards for the show, and also Cosmopolitan's 'Fun Fearless Female Award' for Knockout Ingenue and Glamour's 'Women of the Year'. She has been ranked as one of People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' from 2003 to 2007. She was awarded the VIPer Award in 2008 for 'Style Icon 2007' by Mr. Karl Lagerfeld. Most recently in 2007, she played opposite Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer in Sir Richard Attenborough's Closing the Ring (2007), with Hayden Christensen in the Dino De Laurentiis film Virgin Territory (2007), and starred opposite Bruce Willis in Assassination of a High School President (2008) for the Yari Production Company. In 2007, she filmed Walled In (2009) for the French production company Canal Plus, and she starred in and produced the film Homecoming (2009).

Even at such an early age, Mischa has also made a major impression in the fashion and beauty world. She has already graced the covers of countless international magazines and has become the face of numerous advertising campaigns.

This commercial and theatrical success has given the young woman an opportunity to take an extremely influential role in the global community. She became the spokesperson for Climate Star, an organization that fights global warming through social and legislative activism. She serves as an Entertainment Industry Foundation ambassador teaming up with QVC to spread awareness and raise funds for women's cancer research through the Fashion Footwear Association of New York Shoes on Sale Initiative and is also involved in the SAFE campaign for skin cancer awareness. She is an ambassador for Save the Children and the One Water campaign which brings water to remote locations in Africa, and is on the board of the Lupus Research Committee in Los Angeles.


Media

Review

  • "Ravi Kumar’s melodrama has many highs and lows with a touchy plot" **** (4 Stars)

    - Bollywood Life

  • "Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain is a sure shot winner for every part of the film." ***.5 (3.5 Stars)

    - Bollywood Dil Se

  • "A Must watch film."

    - International Business Times

  • "Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain' - disturbing, timely and hard-hitting" **** (4 Stars)

    - Telly Chakkar

  • "Ravi Kumar’s melodramatic recreation of the Bhopal gas tragedy, said to be the worst industrial disaster in the history of civilization, has an instant and lasting chemical reaction." **** (4 Stars)

    - Bollywood Country

  • "BHOPAL A PRAYER FOR RAIN A True Representation Of Important Chapter OfHuman History" ***.5 (3.5 Stars)

    - Box Office Capsule

  • "This film is a must watch if you wish to know the plight of Bhopal residents, who are still fighting for justice. " *** (3 Stars)

    - KoiMoi

  • "A Truly moving Film. It takes you to Bhopal for 90 minutes. Watch it & recommend it further!"

    - Komal Nahata

  • "A very emotional journey, finally we see how Union Carbide poisoned our past. must watch ! A thorough eye-opener." **** (4 Stars)

    - jeeturaaj

  • "This is a story that needed to be told." ***.5 (3.5 Stars)

    - Rohit Khilnani - India Today

  • "Disturbing, Timely & Hard Hitting. Not to be missed." **** (4 Stars)

    - Subhash K. Jha

  • "Outstanding! A Must See Film! "

    - Gurinder Chadha

  • "Slice of our History not to be missed"

    - Riteish Deshmukh

  • "Kumar Vividly Recreates the Bhopal disaster."

    - Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times

  • "Kal Penn is impressive!"

    - Graham Fuller, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

  • "Excellent!"

    - Kam Williams, BARET NEWS SYNDICATE

  • "Better than Slumdog Millionaire & 12 years a slave"

    - Naomi Canton, Asia House

  • "A story that needed to be told"

    - Liza Forman, Financial Times, London

  • "Outstanding, A must see Film!"

    - Gurinder Chadha, Director

  • "****.5 (4.5 stars) "

    - Audience Rating, Rotten Tomatoes.com

  • "A powerful historical record of this terrible disaster"

    - NAT OLIVE, ShatterJapan.com

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  • "A dramatic and revealing film"

    - Kumud Merani, SBS

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  • "Saw @bhopal starring #martinsheen tonight powerful film must see for all interested in business and #HumanRights"

    - Kerry Kennedy @KerryKennedyRFK

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  • "Saw A PRAYER FOR RAIN @kalpenn @MischAmazing #martinsheen #RajpalYadav - A shocker of a movie that leaves you numb. Bravado Performances!"

    - Devansh Patel / Bollywood Hungama / London's Observer series, Gazette series newspapers

  • "Magnificent"

    - Le Matin, Lausanne, Switzerland

  • "Takes you on an incredible journey... Fantastic…"

    - Freiburger Nachrichten, Fribourg

  • "Goosebumps inducing..."

    - La Liberté, Fribourg

  • "A perfect opening gala..."

    - Fribourg Int'l Film Festival

  • "Just seen an amazing film. Prayer for Rain @kalpenn outstanding. Must see film!” @PanAsiaFilmFest"

    - Gurinder Chadha (Director, "Bend It Like Beckham") via Twitter

  • "Better than Slumdog Millionare and 12 Years a Slave… !”"

    - Naomi Canton, Asia House

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  • "Keeps the audience gripped onto their seats. One could hear gasps in the audience."

    - EasternKicks.com/Cine-Asie.fr

  • "Powerful tale of one of a great forgotten tragedy."

    - Kaleem Aftab, The Independent

  • "Just finished watching @APrayerForRain and I've never cried more, what a brilliant film - must watch! @GurinderC loved it too"

    - Shrimoyee (@shrimoyeec) via Twitter

  • "A Prayer For Rain is a compelling Indian drama that retells the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984. Starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn, the film wowed audiences at the Pan Asia Film Festival"

    - Aisha Farooq, Desi Blitz

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  • "A Prayer for Bhopal" is both a beautiful cinematic journey into the heart of India and a telling tale about corruption and corporate greed in which the poorest of people are made to pay the highest price, in this case losing their lives in the name of turning a higher profit."
    As the film shows, an entire city was decimated following the wrongdoings of an American corporation, Union Carbide, which per the filmmakers, paid only $300 per corpse for the estimated 10,000 people that died that night in Bhopal after an accident following mismanagement at their Indian plant.
    This was a story that needed to be told and may even help the plight of those people seeking justice in court still today after the Indian government turned a blind eye.”

    - Liza Forman, Financial Times, London

  • "... I was totally shaken. Almost in tears. How could that have happened and I never even knew about it!"

    - Maggie Lee, The Variety, Hong Kong

  • "Though Bhopal is quite far from Japan, we can have a deep sympathy for the characters. It reminds us the Fukushima nuclear disaster. I hope it will be a story for generations all over the world. The director, Mr. Ravi Kumar is a pediatrician, and he casts adoring eyes to children (future generations) through the camera
    It is said that Martin Sheen accepted the offer for the film within 24 hours. He was absolutely right."

    - Mika Tanaka (Freelance Journalist, Japan)

  • "The leading man is Rajpal Yadav who plays protagonist Dilip, a poor man who believes his luck has finally turned around when he gets a job at Union Carbide. His acting is brilliant, and the joy he shows when he gets a promotion at the factory is palpable and heartbreaking at the same time. Kumar establishes the setup for the film by showing the day to day life of Dilip and his family, during which you witness the beauty of India along with the struggle of the lower class and the corruption of industry. The strongest part of the film is by far the climactic disaster finale where the factory fails and the poisonous gas erupts into the city. The dichotomy of the colourful, joyous wedding of Dilip’s sister and the oncoming gas cloud along with the terror it brings is incredibly powerful, and the soundtrack adds an overwhelming sense of doom to the scene.
    The film is certainly successful in its endeavours, painting a horrific and disturbing picture of an event forgotten by many, and altogether unknown by most people born after that time. Kumar’s portrayal of the events is by no means exaggerated; the director was careful to maintain credibility in order to get the message across. A PRAYER FOR RAIN is harrowing and gut-wrenching, and Kumar makes no attempt at softening the sheer horror of what these people went through. As a result, this film serves as a powerful historical record of this terrible disaster and a reminder of what can go wrong when you combine dangerous chemicals with corporate greed, shot in such a strong and beautiful way that renders this film a MUST-SEE "

    - Nat Olive for SHATTERJAPAN

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  • "Bhopal, A Prayer for Rain - A big hit at Tokyo Film Festival."

    - MKumud Merani, SBS Radio, Australia

  • "Being medically and technically accurate without ever losing the pace of a moving and emotional drama, with powerful cinematography by Charlie Wuppermann and scores by Benjamin Wallfisch, ‘A Prayer For Rain’ will leave you haunted even after the movie ends. Not only it explores the disastrous event and the lives around with astonishing details, the human interactions also comes with deep and heartful emotions that will touch everyone's hearts. It may have big names with each great acts, but the one who really shines portraying his part with coherent intensity is Rajpal Yadav as DIlip Kumar. A great debut from Ravi Kumar, and it’s lucky we got to see the unreleased cut of the movie in this festival. Kumar also asked the audience to give their votes for the ending scenes that was still in debate with some distributors. And more interesting thing, Sting and Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Anushka Shankar have recorded the theme song which will appear in the final theatrical cut."

    - - Daniel Irawan,Journalist, Indonesia

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  • "I myself am a victim of the gas tragedy and recommend everyone to watch this powerful and true story."

    - Manju Mittal (Bhopal survivor),, Journalist, The Indian Down Under, Australia

Synopsis

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.

Technical Specifications

Runtime 1 hr 36 min (96 min)
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Color Color
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Negative Format 35 mm
Printed Film Format 35 mm