This is perhaps a first in Indian cinema. A group of Mollywood female artistes have come together and formed an organization called the Women's Collective in Cinema.
The collective, formed by Manju Warrier, Rima Kallingal, Vidhu Vincent, Sajitha Madathil and Beena Paul, aim to address the issues faced by the female artistes and the women workforce of the industry.
The safety of artistes is the prime concern of the collective. The case of an attack against a prominent star a couple of months ago and the reports of threats against actors in the past will be addressed by the collective.
Artistes meet CM
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan assured the delegation of women artistes from the film industry that the government will set up a committee to study their problems and suggest measures.
The delegation, led by Manju, Rima and Parvathy among others called on Pinarayi and expressed their concern, especially in the wake of the kidnapping of a popular actress at Kochi earlier this year.
Manju and her colleagues expressed satisfaction after their meeting with the CM 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.
A statement from Pinarayi's office said the government will soon constitute a committee to study the problems faced by women in the film industry and take remedial measures.