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Ronnie Screwvala to make web series on Bhopal gas tragedy, buy rights to bestseller book ‘Five Past Midnight in Bhopal’

By Bollywood Hungama News Network, Dec 4, 2020 – 13:08 hrs IST

Indian media mogul Ronnie Screwvala has opted for the audio-visual rights for the well-researched and authored book, “Five Past Midnight in Bhopal: The Epic Story of the World’s Deadest Industrial Disaster” by eminent authors Dominique Lapierre and Javier Moro. Thousands were killed and injured by a cloud of toxic gas emanating from an American pesticide plant, set in 1984 in the ancient city of Bhopal – the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. In “Five Past Midnight in Bhopal,” Lapierre and Moreau recount hundreds of characters, witnesses, and a thrilling human tragedy in the book. It’s an epic of ambition and heroism, faith and hope, devastation and outcome that is as perplexing as the Titanic. Vala, like The Perfect Hurricane and as relevant as the latest title.

One of the leading historians of our time, Dominique Lapierre is the author of the classics Paris Burning and City of Joy. Driven to uncover humanity in historical events, he collaborated with acclaimed author Javier Moro for his book to investigate and scrutinize every single moment of what happened.

RSVP Creative Producer, Sanaya Irani Zohri said, “In association with Executive Producer, Ramesh Krishnamurthy, we are working towards a grand-scale series adaptation of the book and are currently in talks with potential international showrunners, writers and directors. are doing .

Ronnie has produced over 70 motion pictures including three in co-production with Fox and 1,500 hours of television and series material over the past two decades. In this second incarnation in the media space, he launched his banner RSVP to take his story forward with a focus on India and create motion pictures and series content across the globe.

Ronnie said, “Breathtaking story, told compellingly… This story needs to be adapted for the screen with the significance and scale of Chernobyl. A series that will make you sit in your seat, touch your heart, stir your anger and compassion. It will challenge the formulation and implementation of international policy, celebrating the spirit of human endeavour against all odds. There’s no better time to tell this story.”



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