“I am keen on showing the film to the Bhopal victims” – Ravi Kumarby The Daily Eye Team December 8 2014, 12:50 pm Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 23 secs
Ravi, you’ve struggled hard to tell the story of the Union Carbide catastrophe that killed thousands in Bhopal in 1984. How do you feel now that the film has opened to favorable reviews in the US? It took me 4 years. The reviews being favourable is fine. But for me the real vindication comes from audiences, and not just Indians, coming to watch the film. It was difficult for me to get funds to make this film. Making any film is not hard. I realized making a film on the Bhopal tragedy is very hard. I initially thought of making a small intimate film on the Bhopal gas tragedy. But the story had to be told on an epic scale. And producers are afraid of funding anything what isn’t commercial. You cast Martin Sheen and Rajpal Yadav in the lead? The other problem is, we didn’t have an A-lister Bollywood actor. We’ve Rajpal Yadav playing the lead. He is not a superstar. But no one else could have played the lead. I am proud I stuck to my decision to sign him. Rajpal is amazing. Everyone loves him outside India. I am sure everyone will fall in love with him in India after this film. Warren Anderson recently died unpunished. Does your film punish him? We can’t change history. But I agree with you. So much would’ve been done to Warren Anderson during the last 30 years. I think history will judge him with all the blood on his hand and guilt on his conscience. Martin Sheen has played Anderson in the darkest shades.