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Women in Cinema Collective posers to AMMA on Dileep

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 26, 2018, 1:47 am IST
Updated Jun 26, 2018, 1:47 am IST
AMMA expelled Dileep in July last year after the police arrested him in connection with the rape of a former costar.
Rima Kallingal.
 Rima Kallingal.

Kochi: The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) on Monday lashed out at the decision of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) to take back Dileep. The AMMA general body meeting, which held in Kochi on Sunday, had revoked the star's expulsion after discussions at the instance of Urmila Unni. AMMA expelled Dileep in July last year after the police arrested him in connection with the rape of a former costar. The organisation, formed after the incident by a section of shocked female stars and technicians, asked seven questions on its Facebook page.

“Why did the association expel Dileep? What new development in the case has forced the association to take back the actor? You are taking back an actor who is accused of rape and whose trial has not even been completed? Isn’t it the victim who survived the heinous act, a member of this organisation? By taking this decision, aren’t you insulting that person? As a democratic organisation, what kind of message does this decision send to the society? As the person is currently facing the trial, doesn’t this decision challenge the legal system?" it reads.  "We deplore this anti-women decision you have taken, and we are with ‘her’.”      

 

Commenting on  the post, WCC member Beena Paul, a film editor, said, “We have put a post, and it’s very clear. We  got the information  through media only. If  they have a taken a  decision like that, it’s not  a healthy one.” Meanwhile, on the controversial  decision made by  AMMA, writer N.S. Madhavan said it was the worst #Metoo incident. “Worst #Metoo incident happened not in Hollywood, but in Kerala, when an actor allegedly paid money to a gang to get an actress raped. The case is on, but male chauvinist pigs of Malayalam actors’ guild, AMMA, are shouting ‘me too’ ‘me too’ in support of the accused!” he tweeted. According to AMMA, the expulsion was under some special circumstances and was not based on association’s regulations. Most of the senior actors stood in support of Dileep.     

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