Thiruvananthapuram: This may happen first time in Indian cinema Industry. A group of Malayalam female film artists have come together and formed an organization called the Women’s Collective in Cinema.
The collective, formed by renowned Mollywood artists Manju Warrier, Rima Kallingal, Vidhu Vincent, Deedi Damodaran, Sajitha Madathil, Parvathy, Ramya Nambeesan, Sayanora Philip and Beena Paul etc. aim to address the issues faced by the female artists and the women workforce of the film industry.
The prime concern of the collective is the safety of women artists. The case of an attack against a prominent female artist, a couple of months ago at Kochi, and the reports of threats against actors in the past will be addressed by the collective.
Organizers meet Chief Minister
After the formation of the organization, the artists visited Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his office and talked to him about the matters.
Pinarayi Vijayan assured the delegation of women artists from the film industry that, the government will set up a committee to study their problems and suggest measures.
The Women’s Collective in Cinema delegation, led by Manju, Rima and Vidhu among others called on Pinarayi Vijayan and expressed their concern, especially in the wake of the kidnapping of a popular actress at Kochi earlier this year.
Manju Warrier and her colleagues expressed satisfaction after their meeting with the Chief Minister and said that even though they have now formed this new outfit, there will be no bar on their membership in other existing bodies of the film industry.
Later, a statement appeared on Pinarayi Vijayan’s official Facebook account said, the government will soon constitute a committee to study the problems faced by women in the film industry and take remedial measures.