Dileep arrest: Actor, producer and now, an accused in sexual assault case

While the investigation is still on, there are reports of how the attack on the actress was an alleged act of vengeance because Dileep held her responsible for his marital discord that led to his divorce in 2015 from actress Manju Warrier.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 13, 2017 10:31 am
Kerala superstar arrest, dileep arrest, malayalam actor arrest, kerala actress sexual assault, amma, indian experess news, india news Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the abduction and assault case of a South Indian actress, being produced before the Magistrate court which sent him to 14 days judicial custody, in Kochi on Tuesday. PTI photo

On Tuesday, when disgraced Malayalam actor Dileep was produced in a court at Angamaly in Kerala’s Kochi district, the crowd that had turned up hooted and jeered, “Welcome to Central Jail”, which, incidentally, is the name of a 2016 movie he starred in.

The irony wasn’t lost on Dileep, one of the reigning superstars of Malayalam cinema who is now in trouble for his alleged role in the February case of abduction and sexual assault of an actress.

While the investigation is still on, there are reports of how the attack on the actress was an alleged act of vengeance because Dileep held her responsible for his marital discord that led to his divorce in 2015 from actress Manju Warrier. Last year, he married Kavya Madhavan, an actress with whom he was rumoured to be in a relationship.

In his two decades in the industry, Dileep, 48, took on many roles — as actor, producer and exhibitor. Those in the industry talk of his clout, with some of them alleging that he was known to harbour personal grudges.

Film director Vinayan, who has directed Dileep in films such as Kalyaana Saugandhikam (1996) and War and Love (2003), says, “Dileep is an actor who is determined to see that those who opposed his scheme of things do not survive in the industry. Professional bodies of film makers failed to look into complaints because of his clout in the industry.”

Rajasenan, another director, says, “Some of the bad trends in the Malayalam film industry began with Dileep. In his films, he would decide who should be the lead actress, crew and even the light boy. He introduced this culture into the industry.”

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When film exhibitors went on strike in January this year, demanding a bigger share of revenue from theatre collections, Dileep took the sail out of the stir by setting up a new organisation, the Film Exhibitors United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK), on June 29, roughly a week before he was arrested.

As treasurer of the Association of Malayam Movie Artists (AMMA), Dileep is often referred to as its “backbone”. So much so that when talk of Dileep’s involvement in the actress molestation case started doing the rounds, AMMA held a press conference backing him.

Before Dileep entered the industry, he was Gopalakrishnan. Like many other actors before him, mimicry was his launching pad and he performed stage and TV shows with his friend Nadirshah, who is also under suspicion in the actress attack case.

After his graduation from Maharaja’s College in Kochi, Gopalakrishnan, a native of Aluva near Kochi, entered the film industry as an assistant director. Nine years later, he appeared in front of the camera for a small role in the Ennodu Ishtam Koodamo (1992). In 1995, he was in the film Manathhe Kottaram, in which he played a character called Dileep. The name stuck.

But it was the 1996-hit Sallapam, in which he paired with Manju Warrier, that pitchforked the pair to stardom. In 1998, he married Warrier, then at the peak of her career. While Warrier quit acting after their marriage, Dileep acted in over 130 films, many of them blockbusters.

In 2015, the marriage fell apart and in November last year, Dileep married Kavya Madhavan, his leading lady in several hit movies. During a protest meeting in Kochi, days after the actress was assaulted, it was Warrier who first raised the conspiracy angle.

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  1. M
    Jul 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm
    The celebrity and the most popular actor Dileep's arrest leads the people in kerala by the conspicous and in camara investigation by sandhya making the team leader IG Dinendra Kashyap in stark darkneess and turning himself just as a by stander to approve all dictates from the panapticon could not digest easily to every onlooker who follw the incident with bated breath.The conspiracy to hatch trap the sincere actor Dileep originates from the mincing of words of vengeance by the actors ex mistress to the panapticon who was conviced of the calumny of female minstrel as real truth where as it is true lie made reverbaratios of fabricating evidence by panapticon with police stooge in pulsar suni's cell by 2 police mascots shows the conspiracy hatched by panapticon to dictate his will above investigation team making sandhya his mouth peace awaits the chill of siberian winter of the remnants of communist Russia still haunting kerala with the crooked ladies pushing him to his waterloo
    1. G
      Jul 13, 2017 at 11:41 am
      This is the first time the Kerala police has been able to arrest a famous person for a crime.I hope the police are able to convict him.
      1. C
        Jul 13, 2017 at 11:16 am
        The actor Dileep is said to have had unholy alliances and dubious financial dealings. His personal life was also marred with many controversies. He dominated the Malayalam film industry for a long while through his manipulative ways and this stands thoroughly exposed now. He comes across as a person with a perverted mind and one hopes he gets punished for his wrong deeds as this can clean up the film industry and a lesson for his accomplices.