Actor Kal Penn is known for a great many things. His stoner adventures in the Harold and Kumar film series are without a doubt, his most notable works. He’s actually also on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities under Barack Obama. With his busy schedule, he even finds time and currently stars in the new drama Bhopal: A Prayer For Rain, a film which explores the Bhopal chemical disaster which occurred in India 30 years ago. Mr. Penn was nice enough to speak with me about the very important film and it was truly enlightening, to say the least:
On December 2nd, 1984, a truly horrific event took place in Bhopal, India. The Bhopal disaster was an industrial gas leak, considered to be the worst manmade disaster in history. More than 10,000 people were killed in one night as a result of it and people are still feeling effects to this day. A semi-fictional feature film has been made to shed light on the disaster with a strong cast and exquisite direction. Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain is a dramatic depiction of the Bhopal disaster complete with a handful of interesting character backstories as well as some rather beautiful film visuals.