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AMMA seeks changes in agreement with film chamber

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, APRIL 17. The crisis in the Malayalam film industry seems to be deepening further with the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) demanding a thorough amendment to the agreement, drafted by the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce and to be signed by the producer of a film and the artistes associating with it.

If the agreement could be redrafted with the clauses detrimental to the interests of the artistes removed from it, the members of AMMA were prepared to sign it and to abide by the clauses, said Innocent and Mohanlal, president and secretary respectively of the association.

Some of the clauses in the draft of the agreement were tantamount to the denial of freedom and rights of the artistes and also detrimental to the growth of the Malayalam film industry, they said at a press conference here this evening.

Even in the case of remuneration to be paid by the producer to the artiste, there was no guarantee that was assured in the agreement, they added.

The clause that the agreement will be in force till the film is released would in effect prevent an artiste from associating with any other project.

The ban prohibiting an artiste from taking part in star nites or stage shows in India and abroad for a period of 12 months from the date of agreement could not in any way be justified. The clause that artistes should not associate themselves with any programmes, including those for the television channels, which were likely to be telecast without the written consent of the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce was not in good taste and the AMMA was totally opposed to it, said Innocent and Mohanlal.

On the allegations made by the actor Lalu Alex, against AMMA, Innocent said that Mr. Alex was being misled by certain vested interests with a view to jeopardising the unity of the artistes and to ruin the organisation.

Appropriate action will be initiated against Lalu Alex, he added.

The film artistes, Nedumudi Venu, Jagadeesh, Jagathy Sreekumar, Janardhanan, Dileep, Kalabhavan Mani and Geetha Vijayan, were also present at the press conference.

Lalu Alex reiterates charge

Our Staff Reporter writes from Kochi: Mr. Alex told The Hindu that the AMMA had betrayed the Film Chamber after signing an agreement last year. He said that he was ready to start working in the director, Kamal's film after signing the contract next week.

The actor, Kunchako Boban, hoped that everything would be solved by next week. He told The Hindu that there were a certain points in the whole issue that needed to be clarified.

The veteran actor, Thilakan, also came out against the AMMA, giving a boost to the stance of the Film Chamber.

A meeting of the Film Chamber and all its member organisations to be held on Monday in Kochi is expected to take crucial decisions after taking stock of the situation.

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