With each passing day, the massive strike by the MACTA is only drawing closer and closer. Producers and actors are desperately trying to get the Onam films completed and ready for release.
If the strike begins and if the films aren't going to be completed, it would take ages and the expenses would skyrocket too. This time around, the clash is between MACTA on one side and the powerful Producers' and distributors council on the other side. It is a different story that MACTA has an axe to grind with AMMA too.
Last moment negotiations are desperately on, but people have lost hopes of a peaceful settlement of the issue. Producers and distributors' council have declared that the losses incurred due to the strike will be recovered from the MACTA members of they go ahead with it. Innocent, AMMA's president, is now planning to intervene and bring peace.
Meanwhile, not everybody in MACTA is eager to join in the strike. Directors Sathyan Andhikaat, Shaji Kailash and Joshi didn't participate in the meetings. Following is some of the demands that MACTA has made-
- Cancel Producer Council's ban on Sibi Malayil
- Enforce the hiked daily allowances to cine drivers and light boys
- Cancel the suspension orders against directors Thampi Kannanthaanan and Baiju Kottaarakara
- Remove the contract clause that holds the director completely responsible for a film's failure at the box office.
- Screen the films starring newcomers for atleast two weeks. Make the two weeks compulsory
Make theatres available for minimum budget films
It remains to be seen if MACTA thinks that the demands are worth bringing the entire film industry to a grinding halt again.