Embattled movie star Dileep is slowly regaining the grounds that he lost in the aftermath of his arrest in connection with the kidnapping and sexual assault of a Malayalam actress. A day after his release from jail on bail, he was reinstated as the president of the Film Exhibitors’ United Organisation of Kerala (FEUOK).
Producer Antony Perumbavoor held Dileep’s position for nearly three months as the latter was lodged in Aluva Sub Jail under judicial custody. Antony talking to the media made it clear that Dileep’s membership in the association was still in effect and he was only temporary handling the duties of the president in Dileep’s absence.
Following Dileep’s arrest, Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA), the Kerala Film Producers Association and Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA) disowned Dileep. It remains to be seen will the other associations also roll out the red-carpet for Dileep.
FEUOK, the relatively new organisation of theatre owners in the Malayalam film industry, came into being in January under the leadership of Dileep to challenge the monopoly of the Kerala Film Exhibitors Federation. FEUOK was formed after the old theatre association went on strike last year.
The old federation headed by Liberty Basheer had pushed the Malayalam film industry into a mess by refusing to screen new Malayalam films demanding a new profit-sharing policy. The film industry and the government incurred a huge monetary loss as none of the new Malayalam films opened on Christmas.
In order to avert such situation in the future, Dileep stepped in to form the new outfit of single screen owners.
Many Malayalam film celebrities visited Dileep at his Aluva residence on Wednesday, which was a clear sign of their support for him. The team of Ramaleela also held a small celebration to mark the box office success of the film at his residence.