According to Baiju Kottarakkara of MACTA
- Reliance, Walmart and Tatas have signed up at least three top actors, including Mamooty and Mohanlal, besides 10 reputed film directors, for their coming films
- This will destroy the industry.
- Priyardarshan, Fasil, Siddiq, Joshi, Lal Jose, who broke away from the Malayalam Cine Technicians Association (MACTA) should withdraw from any agreement they have reached with the companies.
Even though people have split away from MACTA, Baiju still has the courage to suggest what they should do. Isn’t this the reason why those people split in the initial place?
Coming back to the original issue, what exactly is the problem if Reliance, Walmart and Tatas pay Mammotty and Mohanlal to act in their movies? How will it destroy the industry? In fact due to the arrival of big investors, big budget movies may get made, which in turn requires more technicians and crew. Isn’t this actually good for the film industry.
Actually there is one side effect to these companies landing in Kerala – producers like Baiju Kottarakkara will become irrelevant. What if these companies start paying twice the amount Baiju pays to his crew? Will he able to cope with it? So when he says “This will destroy the industry”, it actually means, it will destroy him.
And, that’s not really a bad thing. It is also entertaining to see the Chairman of Kairali TV, a channel owned by a party which opposes Walmart and Reliance, acting in movies produced by them.
PS: Why would Walmart produce Malayalam movies when they don’t even produce American movies?