Members of the Malayalam Cinema Artists Association (AMMA) elected new officers for 2021-2024 at its annual general meeting here on Sunday.
Mohanlal and Edavela Babu were unanimously elected president and general secretary respectively.
The major change has come in the composition of the 11-member executive committee, in which there will be four female actresses. The members of the executive committee were chosen in a hotly contested election.
The two vice-presidents – Sweta Menon and Manian Pilla Raju – were also elected by a ballot of 316 participants at the annual general meeting. Asha Sharath was the third candidate for vice-president.
Lal and Vijay Babu, who challenged the group of actors officially appointed to the executive committee, won while Honey Rose and Nivin Pauly lost.
Babu Raj, Lena, Rachana Narayanankutty, Manju Pillai, Surabhi, Sudhir Karamana, Tini Tom, Tovino Thomas and Unni Mukundan are the other elected members of the executive committee. Siddique and Jaysurya were unanimously elected treasurer and co-secretary respectively.
Path of renewal
Mohanlal told a press conference after the election that the film industry was on the path to a revival and that he would try to cement unity among the members of the film fraternity.
The competition for the post of vice president was part of efforts to strengthen AMMA, Manian Pilla Raju said at the press conference. Lal said he has contested to be part of the organization that has supported the film industry in a big way. Both have played down the element of competition at various positions in AMMA.