The demands of the Collective include addressing the gender disparity in salaries, reservations for women in technical jobs in government-owned studios like Chtranjali, government welfare schemes like insurance, Provident Fund for women artistes who are forced to abstain from work due to pregnancy, awards for films that talk about gender equality, and subsidies for production crews that have 30% women.
Notable personalities like Manju Warrier, Reema Kallingal, Beena Paul, and Ramya Nambisan came together to petition Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to mandate the formation of an anti-sexual harassment committee whenever a new film project comes into play - replicating the framework that exists for corporate workplaces as per the act.
The new women's union of Malayalam cinema, which has been named as 'Women Collective In Cinema' will soon come in action.
They also said that the participation of women in the technical aspects of cinema would improve only if their basic security is assured.
Following the abduction and sexual assault of a popular Malayalam actor in Kerala, there has been lots of discussion in the South Indian film industry about how to tackle sexism and rape culture. It is important to stand with the victims of such trauma. Normally, such incidents are silenced for the sake of the industry.
A committee would be formed to study the issue of women film professionals. "If the current situation has to be change, the government has to ensure that justice is served in this case".
If the reports are to be believed, popular actors and technicians of Malayalam cinema, including Mammootty, directors Amal Neerad, Aashiq Abu, etc., have also offered the complete support to Women Collective In Cinema.
Commenting on the Collective's demands, Rima says, "Our Constitution gives right to equality, but the remuneration that women and men get in the industry can not even be compared".
The committee has urged Vijayan to set up a sexual harassment redressal cell for every film that's made and ensure the film has the aforementioned cell in place before its registered.