Thiruvananthapuram: Taking back actor Dileep into Association of Malayalam Movie Actors (AMMA) has created a debate in the media for the past few days. The decision to take back the actor was made after Monhanlal was appointed as the new president of AMMA.
Dileep had been earlier accused of being involved in the kidnap and sexual assault of an actress, following which he was expelled from the association. The kidnapping case which took place in Kochi in February 2017, had landed him in a Kerala jail for 85 days.
Once he was welcomed back to join the AMMA, four actresses chose to resign including the victim. Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambisan and Geetu Mohandas, are all lead actresses in the Malayalam film industry.
“It is meaningless to continue in this organisation,” wrote the victim in a statement after announcing her decision to resign from AMMA.
Their decision to resign was posted in the official Facebook site of the newly formed Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), led by Dileep’s ex-wife Manju Warrier.
The WCC had earlier also expressed its displeasure, soon after Dileep was reinstated at the annual general body meeting held in Kochi on Sunday.
Remya Nambisan wrote that she has no other way but to resign from AMMA as it has taken the most irresponsible decision with regards to the trials and tribulations faced by her co-actress.
“AMMA has taken a very inhuman stand against my actress colleague and hence I am resigning…,” said Nambisan.
“I feel I should have resigned long back because AMMA does not want any member to question their decisions. I cannot stand such acts again…,” said Geetu Mohandas, a former executive member of AMMA.
Rima Kallingal in her post said: “I decided to resign for the upcoming generation who will be able to pursue their profession without making any compromises.” Late thespian actor Thilakan’s daughter, Sonia Thilakan also slammed AMMA for having different standards for Dileep and her father, who was suspended in 2010 for criticising AMMA.