Malayalam film body gets national support

June 12th, 2008 - 9:37 am ICT by IANS  

Kochi (Kerala), June 11 (IANS) Facing rebellion from some members, Federation of Malayalam Cine Technicians’ Association (MACTA) general secretary Vinayan has got a shot in the arm with two national organisations extending their full support to him. “Our policy is always to support labour… nowhere in the country has a rebel organisation been successful. Such organisations have always failed,” Indian Film Employees Confederation general secretary S. Vijayan told reporters here Wednesday.

He expressed support for Vinayan on behalf of his organisation as well as the Film Employees Federation of India.

The MACTA Federation comprises 19 organisations which represent all those associated with filmmaking, from drivers to directors besides script writers and professionals from every field - barring producers, actors and actresses.

Nearly 30 leading directors and several other professionals have quit MACTA over the past 10 days following a tiff with Vinayan, creating a crisis of sorts in the film industry here.

However, now that the national organisations have backed Vinayan, the crisis may snowball further and all film activity in Kerala may come to a halt.

“It has been decided that the MACTA Federation will not cooperate with the directors who have resigned from it. We will, however, not use force to disrupt the shooting of films of those who have resigned from MACTA,” said Vijayan.

A standoff between director Thulasidas and actor Dileep set the ball rolling. Thulasidas has alleged that Dileep, after taking a payment of Rs.4 million four years back for a film, withdrew from the project following a string of flops by the director.

MACTA has said that the actor should work for the director while the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) is reportedly supporting Dileep.

The film industry in Kerala has, besides MACTA, professional organisations to protect the interests of producers, stars and exhibitors. Skirmishes between these organisations are common — but things have never stooped to this low level.

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