Kerala government to bring law to protect women in Malayalam cinema

new Delhi: Highlighting the need to end exploitation of women in the film industry, Kerala Culture Minister Saji Cherian on Wednesday said that the state government is all set to bring in a law to protect women in Malayalam cinema.

Inaugurating the renovated Kairali-Neela-Sree theater complex of the Kerala State Film Development Corporation, Cherian said the law would be framed on the basis of the report of Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Justice Hema Commission, appointed to study the problems in Malayalam cinema. (KSFDC) here.

The minister said that before finalizing the law, based on these reports, a comprehensive discussion will be held with the stakeholders.

This comes in the backdrop of actor Bhavna speaking publicly about her sexual assault for the first time earlier this month, saying she now identifies herself as a survivor and not a victim.

In 2017, she was abducted and sexually assaulted inside the car allegedly by men, who forcibly rammed the vehicle and later fled to a busy Kochi area. Some of the accused filmed the entire acting to blackmail the actress.

Popular star Dileep, who is one of the 10 accused in the case, was arrested and later released on bail. He has said that he is innocent.

Noting that there are many film actors who are struggling financially and physically, Minister Cherian said that the government will set up a special center for their well being.

Ahead of the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) beginning March 18, the renovated film complex in the heart of the state capital offers a high-end technology-enabled cinematic experience to the audience.

He said, “In addition to its existing 17 theatres, KSFDC plans to set up around 50 theaters in the state. With the completion of the renovation of Chitranjali Film Studio, it will become one of the much-awaited film studios in South India.” ,

Transport Minister Antony Raju, who presided over the function, said that the renovated theater gives film lovers an opportunity to watch movies at an affordable rate in world-class facilities.

On the occasion, Education and Labor Minister V Shivankutty formally handed over the cinema theater for the eight-day screening of IFFK.

Shivankutty said that the maintenance of the renovated theater complex rests on the employees as well as the public.