AMMA president and Malayalam actor Mohanlal on Friday revealed that actor Dileep’s resignation has been accepted by the actors’ body. Dileep is the eighth accused in a case of kidnapping and sexual assault of a popular Malayalam female actor.
At a press conference held today, Mohanlal said that he personally called Dileep and asked him to tender his resignation.
He added, “The big problem when I took charge was around Dileep. WCC told us that we should have a clear stand about this. When WCC came to talk to us, we asked them for some time. We wanted time to call the General Body, but then the situation in Kerala changed. They had also spoken to us about taking back the members who resigned. We did not know how to deal with it.”
Mohanlal said he was “hurt” that English and Tamil media made him the face of the protests by WCC. “Many media houses, not in Malayalam, but in English, Tamil etc made me the face of this. It hurt me,” he said.
Earlier in October, the Women’s Collective in Cinema (WCC) had criticised the way the actress kidnapping case was handled. They had named Mohanlal as the main culprit shielding Dileep.
“I really don’t know why the WCC is taking on me personally. All of them have been my co-stars. We have had good relations. Now it has come to such a pass that it has started to hurt me. I do not feel good at all,” the actor added.
Dileep has spent 85 days in jail and is now out on bail.
At a press conference on October 13, the WCC-led by actress Revathy, alleged that AMMA had not supported the victim whereas Dileep had got all the backing.
Others who took part in that conference included Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambisan and Geetu Mohandas, who had earlier quit AMMA to protest against the way the actress kidnapping issue was handled by the actors’ body.
Mohanlal said the actresses who have resigned from the AMMA if they wished to return, they would have to give a letter. It would have to be considered by the executive committee and then by the general body.
“Why should we ask them to return, it was they who resigned. Hence they have to make the first move,” said Mohanlal. He, however, added that they need not apologise for their actions.
AMMA Secretary and veteran actor Siddique, who had earlier this week attacked the conduct of the WCC members, on Friday said that he feels the women’s body was out to create a rift in the AMMA.
The WCC or Women in Cinema Collective, formed in the backdrop of the sexual assault in February 2017, have been involved in a dialogue with AMMA’s executive council over the membership of actor Dileep, who has been chargesheeted in the sexual assault case.
While Dileep was expelled from AMMA at the time of his arrest, the expulsion was later reportedly revoked. The WCC has been questioning why AMMA took such a decision when the case’s trial was still underway.
(With inputs from IANS)