AMMA’s decision to reinstate Dileep draws ire from AIYF
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AMMA’s decision to reinstate Dileep draws ire from AIYF

Jun 29, 2018

A protest march has also been organized by the Mahila Congress in Alappuzha to show their solidarity in opposition against Actor Dileep.

The decision to reinstate actor Dileep by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) has drawn widespread protest from the public and media personalities. Actor Dileep, who is accused in the abduction and rape of an actress, has been given place to return to the association – a decision headed by the veteran Malayalam actor and President of Amma, Mohanlal. The protesters burnt the effigy of the southern actor.

According to Manoramaonline, the All India Youth Federation (AIYF) which is affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI) staged a protest march on Thursday in front of the Film Chamber of Commerce (FCC) in Ernakulam and burnt the effigy of Mohanlal.

AIYF has strongly criticized AMMA with demands that its office bearers apologise to the general public for reinstating actor Dileep, who is presently facing trial for masterminding the assault of an actor last year in February.

It was also reported widely that the women’s wing of Congress – the Mahila Congress – organized a protest march in Alappuzha, against AMMA’s decision to reinstate the actor into its organization.

Lathika Subhash, Mahila Congress state president, spoke to media, terming the decision to bring back Dileep into the cine organization as ‘anti-woman’.

Several activists, journalists and politicians opposed vehemently about AMMA’s decision on actor Dileep. They came down heavily on the decision and protested against both the organization and the actor stating that he showed little to no understanding of people.

Several prominent members of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) resigned from their posts, on June 27, in AMMA in protest to the organisation’s decision. The first to resign from the Malayalam cine body was the survivor of the brutal assault in February 2017.

The survivor left a personal note following her resignation stating: “Prior to this, this accused actor has snatched away opportunities of acting from me. When I had complained at that time, AMMA did not take my complaint and act seriously. And when such a terrible incident happened to me, an organization that I am also part of, (has) tried to protect the man who has been accused of this heinous crime. Realising that there is no purpose in being part of such an organization, I hereby resign.”

The WCC which was founded soon after the attack has several prominent female actors from the cine industry. Others who stepped down from their posts in AMMA include actors such as Rima Kallingal, director Geethu Mohandas and Remya Nambeeshan.

Showing solidarity with the WCC actors, many young and popular male actors have come out voicing their support, in light of actor Dileep’s reinstatement into the film fraternity AMMA. Media has welcomed the new development, with some writing that the Malayalam cine industry is witnessing its much needed shakeup.

Following four women who resigned from AMMA, three other actors from the WCC have demanded the film body – AMMA, to come to the table for a discussion on their contentious decision to bring back the accused actor Dileep into the organization.

Though the women from the cine industry are fighting alone, a few of their counterparts have taken to social media to throw their support to the women. In a Facebook post, Aashiq Abu, a director, has lashed out at AMMA and its leadership for their decision to bring back Dileep, and for remaining silent even after one of their former cine member was sexually attacked last year.

In his post, he wrote “Creating a dangerous environment by issuing threats, to cyber-bullying, there have been many ways in which fans of several superstars have reacted to any person who comes out with an opposing criticism or view, especially if the person is a woman.”