Women in Cinema Collective, an organisation that has been fighting for the victim in the actor-abduction case where Dileep is an accused, has come out against the Association of Malayalam Movie Actors (AMMA) and said a cleansing operation was being launched.
At a press conference in Ernakulam on Saturday, members of the collective said they were cheated by AMMA on the Dileep reinstatement issue. Actors Revathy, Padmapriya and Parvathi who led the team said they had first raised the matter of Dileep's status in AMMA and also that of the victim.
Revathy wanted to know whether there was justice in the accused staying in the organisation and the victim remaining out. She had quit along with a few others like Reema Kallingal and Remya Nambisan. Revathy and others spoke about how they were cheated by the AMMA executive committee led by president Mohanlal into believing that action would be taken against Dileep.
Finally, after several promises of coming out with a joint statement, the executive committee backed out and finally said it was for the general body to take a call on the Dileep issue.
Revathy said that this was not so earlier when the veteran Thilakan was ousted from AMMA.
The team introduced themselves as Mohanlal had said three actors had raised the Dileep membership issue, and their names were not mentioned. “We feel hurt,” said Parvathi.
“We're hurt and disrespected,” said Revathy. She added that the whole process of cleansing would continue. They had decided to come out in the open as they had lost faith in the leadership of AMMA.
“We need sensible people who can take responsible action,” they said, asserting that they would continue to be in AMMA and fight.
Director Anjali Menon said that during these times when women are heard, the scene was different.
Film editor Beena Paul said it was not for them to launch a 'Me Too’ campaign. However, there were sufficient hints that the present AMMA leadership would be 'exposed’. There were rumours that there would be some 'revelations’ during the conference.
Revathy said a young girl had once come crying to her and this should not be the fate of others. Pressed to reveal more, she said it was for the girl to come out.