Union Carbide never apologised, claims film on Bhopal tragedy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 04, 2014 00:10 IST

The night of December 2, 1984 changed the meaning of life. Progress came to a standstill. The company which was responsible for the deaths of the countless innocent residents of Bhopal who died on the night of the world’s worst industrial disaster three decades ago did not even apologize to their victims.

These lines summed up the film, Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain, on Wednesday during a special screening, citing the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas tragedy.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with many ministers was present during the screening of the film after which the movie was declared entertainment tax free in the state by the CM.

"I think more research was required for the film," MLA Vishwas Sarang.

A special screening was also held for the gas victims. In a house full show, the victims numb with memories, left the movie hall with tears.

"We have seen people suffering. We have lost our loved ones. I felt the movie was not very close to us, though the facts that were shown in the film were close to reality," said Shamina Bano.

"The movie tried to depict erstwhile Union Carbide chief late Warren Anderson as a very kind and concerned towards Bhopal. Unfortunately this was not true. His interaction with the factory workers shown in this film was not close to what happened actually. If proper research would have been done, the movie would have been better," said Zulekha.

"People did not know the solution to this problem. They were just left there suffering. This movie shows that doctors were recommending people to put water on our eyes, but reality was far different. People who were actual culprits were not fully highlighted. Though this is a good attempt, I was slightly disappointed with the movie," said Bal Krishna Namdev, Bhopal Gas Peedit Nirashrit Pension Bhogi Sangathan Morcha.

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