One question we usally worry about is not if Malayalam cinema will die or worse become Kannada cinema, but when it will happen. Last year among the 60 odd movies released, only 5 made money. This year Moz n’ Cat saw film makers like Fazil dumping a brain dead script on viewers and Mohanlal sleep walking through a sequel. The sequel of Hariharnagar was not great but since the competition is Sagar and Moz, it is minting money.
Bad movies will kill the industry only slowly. To accelerate the death, you need unions and we have that in plenty. Then unions too have certain limitations, so Malayalam unions have aligned with political parties to kill the industry as soon as possible.
Mollywood is finally getting over – politicised, with the leading
associations in the business pleading important political parties, to
support their causes in the on goings scuffles between them. While
MACTA (Malayalam Cine-Technicians Association),has already acquired
the support from the CPI, the leading group of filmmakers under FEFKA(
the Film Employees Federation of Kerala ) is before the CPI(M) leaders
for help.[Mollywood faces over- policalisatio ]
Politicians know only one thing: destroy something. So now they have decided to apply hartal/bandh and such creative processes to film making.
MACTA (Malayalam Cine Technicians Association) members, headed by its
general secretary Baiju Kottarakkara who had held a march to the
location of Dileep’s movie ‘Bodyguard’ at Varikkassery Mana in
Ottapalam on Saturday, again made similar protest by barging into the
location of Mammootty’s ‘Daddy Cool’ in Muhamma on Sunday. The
protesters which included AITUC members also were resisted by the a few
police man initially, but when Mammootty’s supporters and DYFI
activists tried to protect the star, a tense atmosphere remained in the
location for many hours. The shooting was disrupted for some time in
Muhamma. [MACTA march to Mammootty’s location ]
It cannot get better than this. State of Malayalam cinema industry is no different from other industries in Kerala. In shambles. For a industry in which the chance for success is 8.3333% only thing lacking was these trade union activities. Do politicians and perpetrators of recent actions ever imagine what would happen if they close shutter on this industry? (Answer: The next generation will learn five languages: English, Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu).