Kannur: In the world of impressive colorful universes, the ‘stars’ who disappear like one of the crowd are undocumented film workers. About thirty thousand people work in this sector in Kerala alone. An organization called MAC (Movie Artistes Association of Kerala) is coming to protect their rights and those associated with this sector, which is located in Kozhikode. The inauguration is on 6 November. The aim is to end exploitation in this sector.
According to the law, supporting artists are paid Rs 850 for half a day, Rs 1200 for 10 hours and Rs 2400 for night and day. Some agents don’t pay what they get from producers.
There are those who are sent back just by helping to take a selfie with any star. ‘That’s enough for many people, isn’t cinema a dream sir…’ said a supportive artiste. These workers are like rent goods. Workers will be delivered as slaves to the needy.
After work, get paid and leave. That’s the law. If you ask more, then it’s not in the movie.
Kannur and Kasaragod region is becoming the hub of cinema recently. So far more than fifty films have been born here. Tamil and Telugu films will also be included in this. There are four new big movies coming. Tinu Pappachan’s film, Pepe Antony’s ‘Chekavar’ are big budget films.
Many supporting artists have work opportunities. But the complaint is that the exploitation is serious. There are no welfare or other benefits available. There are people who have been working in this field for 10 to 30 years.
Lead associate director and casting coach PV Kamlesh Said.