The meeting on Tuesday between the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) and three women actors in Kochi ended today with both sides claiming it to be 'fruitful’ and discussions would continue.
Actors Revathy, Padmapriya and Parvathy, who had demanded the meeting after the association general body decided to reinstate Dileep, accused in the actor-abduction case.
The meeting took place for over two hours and in between Mohanlal told the media that the association would consider changing its byelaws to become more professional organisation and also have in place a disciplinary committee. Women would get greater prominence in the organisation.
Among those present at the press conference were AMMA president Mohanlal and actors Jagadeesh and Baburaj. They claimed that it was not ‘very serious’ as an organisation. But it was now decided to turn it to more professional. A general body would be held soon and AMMA would be a platform for all, including women, “to express everything”.
Revathy said she and two others had come as members of AMMA and not Women in Cinema Collective (WCC). "We are still discussing things," she said. “We are having a very healthy discussion and that's the first step forward," Revathi added.
Parvathy told the media after the meeting that things went well and a lot of issues were discussed. “There was no conflict of interests,” she added.
Mohanlal said AMMA would accept that it had made a mistake in reinstating Dileep only after the truth of the matter was established. Regarding rumours of quitting AMMA presidentship, Mohanlal said he was not going to quit. He said, "I don't want to resign. I want to run this smoothly with the support of all.”
About the move of two women actors to implead in the victim's case, Jagadeesh said, "It was not AMMA's decision. We had requested Honey Rose and Rachana for their inputs during discussions on how to help the victim.”
He added that the association was not directly involved in their impleading in the case. The two actors said they would not withdraw their plea. However, the victim had said there was no need for their support.
About the resignation of four actors, Rima Kallingal, Geetu Mohandas, Remya Nambeessan and the victim from AMMA, Jagadeesh said talks were on to consider taking them back.
AMMA also had discussions with actors Shammi Thilakan and Joy Mathew who had raised complaints.