The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) has been receiving online brickbats on a daily basis ever since its formation. The women in the Collective were at the receiving end both from inside and outside the film industry for their stand, statement and activities. However, the Collective has been facing severe backlash for the past two days after it shared an article on misogyny in Malayalam cinema.
In what looked like an organised campaign, their Facebook page was even down-rated, resulting in a ‘one star’ rating. But it was Parvathy’s rather cryptic Tweet that set in motion a news that the WCC has collapsed and that Manju Warrier has walked out of the group. Parvathy’s tweet reads ‘What a glorious time to be alive! Everyone showing their truest colours (Emoticon) *sits back with popcorn and watches on*’ People have been sharing the speculative piece of information along with a rumour that AMMA (Association of Malayalam Movie Artists) will be forming a new women’s organisation under the leadership of senior actor KPAC Lalitha. Film editor Bina Paul Venugopal of WCC lets out a huge laugh when asked about the ‘collapse’ of the WCC. “No, that is not at all true. I deny this information completely. The WCC has not fallen apart,” she confirms. It seems online media is trying to cash in on the frenzy by spreading some fake news and garnering likes and clicks.