Malayalam film industry: Glitter world, gory tales
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Malayalam film industry: Glitter world, gory tales

“Why don’t you just kill me,” lamented internationally acclaimed cinematographer Prathap Joseph on Facebook in September last. The post on his agony over continued neglect and loss of opportunities on not having membership in the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) was representative of many a stifled voice in Malayalam film industry and should have set the alarm bells ringing. Instead, it got drowned in the cacophony of social media. Fast forward a few months and it was left to the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) , the first such initiative in film industry anywhere in the country, to put things in perspective about the working of an otherwise closed industry. Since then the industry has come under intense public scrutiny over diverse issues such as unfair trade practices, hegemonic stars, a law unto themselves-fans, gender disparity, discrimination, ostracisation, cyberbullying, prejudices, to name a few. Formed in the wake of the sexual assault of a woman actor early last year, the WCC upped the ante recently when four of its members resigned in protest from the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), which at its general body meeting decided to reinstate the actor who stands accused in the case […]

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