May 27, 2018

Women in Malayalam cinema launches new outfit

19 May 2017, 10:08 | Max Haynes

Women in Malayalam cinema launches new outfit

Women in Malayalam cinema launches new outfit

"It is happening not only in Kerala, it is happening the world over - women are finding their voice", said editor Beena Paul Venugopal, among the founders of the collective along with actors Manju Warrier, Rima Kallingal, Parvathy, Sajitha Madhathil and Remya Nambeesan, filmmakers Vidhu Vincent, Anjali Menon and Asha Achi Joseph, writer Deedi Damodaran and cinematographer Fauzia Fathima. The actresses and women technicians of Mollywood are joining hands under the leadership of popular actresses Manju Warrier, Parvathy, Rima Kallingal, etc., for a new women's union.

Yesterday, the Collective met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to request the creation of a committee that will study gender disparity and working conditions for women in the industry.

The CM was interacting with the representatives of the newly formed "Women Collective in Cinema" who went to meet him on Thursday.

The committee has urged Vijayan to set up a sexual harassment redressal cell for every film that's made and ensure the film has the aforementioned cell in place before its registered. Some of the controversies that followed the incident and some statements from the actors' organization, AMMA, resulted in the formation of an exclusive women's group, says a section of the media. They also sought the government to institute an award for those films that uphold gender equality and also provide insurance to women professionals who are forced to stay away from work due to pregnancy, child care or ailments.

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On the basis of their complaint, a committee will be appointed to study the issues of women working in cinema.

Based on the recommendations of the panel, stringent action would be taken against sexual and other kind of exploitation and harassment faced by women in the field, he said.

They also raised the need for promoting subsidies to women's representation for at least 30 percent of the playback activities. "They will set an example and hire more women in their movies", Rima said.

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