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19 May 2017, 10:08 | Anna Nguyen
Women artists of Malayalam cinema meeting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
The representatives of the group told the CM that even basic human rights are denied to women working in film industry and the incident of a leading actress getting molested in Kochi is proof enough for that.
With this move, the first ever women collective in Indian Cinema, women can sort out their concerns to the association that will exclusively function for their benefit and can work peacefully in the industry. Actor Rima Kallingal said, "Women themselves are best equipped to talk about the problems that affect them".
The "Women in Cinema Collective", which includes actors, directors, editors, cinematographers, make-up artistes and costume directors, met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan with a slew of demands to ensure gender justice and find recognition in an industry where discrimination is not just rampant, it allows little room for any dialogue on women's service and pay conditions.
Recently, Khaleej Times reported 23 transgenders being recruited by the Kochi Metro, in a first anywhere in the world.
This sentence is especially revealing of the kind of exploitation that women in cinema have been putting up with silently all these years.
If the reports are to be believed, popular actors and technicians of Malayalam cinema, including Mammootty, directors Amal Neerad, Aashiq Abu, etc., have also offered the complete support to Women Collective In Cinema. The Collective has therefore demanded that the government start courses to train women in the technical skills required for filmmaking.
The Collective said the existing associations and bodies in the film industry do not bother to discuss important issues like wage disparity and work hours relating to women. We have filmmakers like Anjali, Vidhu and Geethu in the Collective.
The Collective requested the CM to set up a committee to set the matters right. Production units that are shooting movies should also be brought under the Sexual Harassment Prohibition Act, and set up a Sexual Harassment Complaint Cell on their sets.
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