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The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal has objected to the portrayal of the Bhopal gas tragedy in an upcoming movie tentatively titled Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. Actor Martin Sheen plays Warren Anderson. A spokesperson for the group, Satinath Sarangi, says the movie distorts facts to ‘peddle Union Carbide’s story’. Sarangi claims that Ravi Kumar, the director, had approached ICJB four years ago for funding and institutional support. A member of the ICJB who was in contact with Kumar says, “The movie puts the weight of culpability on Indian officials. The workers were portrayed as dumb or complicit. I had read the seventh draft in 2006 and marked changes he never got back about.” He adds, as an afterthought, “And I don’t mean to sound…well, there were missed opportunities in the script too.” The organisation has written to Irrfan and Rajpal Yadav, who also act in the film, to ‘present the facts before the movie’, Sarangi says.