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Malayalam cinema gets another blow!
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
May 30, 2007
In the second instance of a stalemate in Malayalam cinema in the last three years, the Producer’s council decided to put a stop to all shooting activities in the industry from July 31st. This comes after no decision was reached after rounds of discussions with MACTA ( the technicians association). MACTA had put forth some demands that the Producers’ council was not willing to accept.

Some of the demands of MACTA included raising the pay of drivers, spot boys and other workers on the sets. But the demand that seemed to have caused the disagreement is as follows. MACTA wanted the Superstars (they must have meant Mohanlal, Mammotty and Dileep) of Malayalam cinema to stay away from shooting and other film making activities for 6 months. The reason behind this demand is not clear, but apparently no reason can be good enough to ask them to keep away. The Producer’s council felt the same way. The President of the Council is firm that it is the Producer’s prerogative to decide what type of movies to finance and whom to put their money on.

The last such stalemate in Malayalam cinema had occurred back in 2004 when the tiff was between the Producer’s council and the actors’ association AMMA. Then, the producers had been able to make the stars agree to a few new terms and conditions to be included in every contract. Let’s see what happens this time round.
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