Malayalam actor Dileep, whose membership has resulted in deep fissures within the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), clarified through a Facebook post on Tuesday that he had willingly resigned from the film body and was not thrown out as is being projected in the media.
On Facebook, Dileep wrote, “I am sharing my letter of resignation from AMMA with all the members of AMMA, the general public and all my viewers. I am releasing this letter now even after it was not put out after the executive body meeting of AMMA. I am fully aware that according to the by-laws, I can only be expelled by a majority of the general body of the organisation. But I believed that the organisation of AMMA should not splinter away because of me. That’s why after detailed discussions with AMMA president Mohanlal, whom I consider my elder brother, I decided to offer my resignation. If my resignation letter was accepted, then it’s a resignation, not an expulsion.”
Dileep, the eighth accused in a case of kidnapping and sexual assault of a popular Malayalam female actor, has sought to counter actor Mohanlal who had remarked at a recent press conference that the Kammara Sambhavam actor was personally asked to put in his resignation from AMMA. Through the Facebook post, Dileep makes it clear that he had resigned from the organisation on his own terms.
In his resignation letter, Dileep said he had made up his mind not to be a member of any film body until his innocence in the sexual assault case was proved in a court of law. However, he alleged that certain people who had vested interests against him conspired to shame him and create divisions within AMMA. He pointed out that the film body continues to provide much-needed financial assistance to many of its members who are not active in the industry.
The actor’s membership status has proved to be a thorn in the discussions between AMMA and the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), a body of female Malayalam actors formed in the backdrop of the February 2017 sexual assault incident. Several WCC members including actors Parvathy, Revathy and Padmapriya continue to be a part of AMMA as well. The WCC had strongly objected when the general body of AMMA nullified the expulsion of actor Dileep. After his expulsion was put on hold, the victim of the sexual assault and three actors had walked out of AMMA, registering their protests.