Kerala, in a first, formed a collective for women working in the entertainment industry. Women Collective in Cineman, a federation formed for the welfare of women working in the industry in Malayalam, will be led by actress Manju Warrier and renowned editor Bina Paul.
The need of a collective has come in the wake of raising security threats and discrimination the women technicians have to face while during their work. Moreover, the recent incident of an actrress being coming under attack by a gang while she was coming to take her work work has made the women think about forming a collective. In fact, the need made the collective happen this earlier.
Beena Paul, earlier, said that the women in cinema are thinking of coming together. She has of the opinion that the time has come to define the workspace of women in the informal set up of film industry.
Parvathy, Vidhu Vincent, Rima Kallingal and Sajitha Madathil have also been selected as top executives of the association. Artistes and technicians belonging to other associations like AMMA and FEFKA can also be its members.
Since the initiative was fresh, the collective has gained inspiration from the Indian Women Cinematographers Collective formed this year under the aegis of Fowzia Fathima, a state award winning cinematographer.