Kerala woman make-up artiste Mitta Antony gets union membership after 11-year struggle

FilmsMitta struggled to get work or assistants to help her for years, though there have been a few supportive directors.CrisAround 11 years after applying for it, Mitta Antony has received membership in the Film Employees Federation of Kerala...

Kerala woman make-up artiste Mitta Antony gets union membership after 11-year struggle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
AROUND 11 years after applying for it, Mitta Antony has received membership in the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) Make-Up Union. She is the first woman to get it.
 
Back in 2011, when she applied for it, fresh after graduating from a course at the Pattanam Rasheed Make-Up Academy in Kochi, Mitta was told that there was no membership for woman make-up artistes.
 
She was disheartened, because this meant that it would be very difficult to find work in the film industry and get recognition. There were people to give her a hand and help out, but Mitta had struggled much in the past decade and was on the verge of leaving the industry.
 
That's when she got a call from the FEFKA on Monday, telling her she has been accepted.
 
"It might have to do with a recent report in Mathrubhumi. But I was all set to leave after going through so much. This will be an answer to all that I faced, though I may still need a break," Mitta says.
 
The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), which had been very supportive of Mitta through her struggles, put out a post, calling the membership a historic victory.
 
"For the first time in the history of Malayalam cinema, a make-up woman's application for FEFKA's Make-Up Union membership has been accepted. This make-up card to be received by Mitta Antony, who has worked in over 30 films as an independent make-up artiste, illustrates the strength of her determination."