The controversy around actor Dileep and his reinstatement in AMMA doesn’t seem to dying down anytime soon. After a backlash by many celebrities and WCC, actor Dileep had said that he would not return to AMMA till the time he is cleared of everything. While this was happening, the Kannada film industry counterparts, Kannada Film Industry (KFI) and Film Industry for Rights and Equality (FIRE), wrote to AMMA about Dileep’s reinstatement and expressed disappointment over it. The associations further asked AMMA to be removed from membership keeping in mind the victim, the Malayalam actress’ situation.
AMMA has now said that the decision to expel Dileep from the association in 2017 was hasty and there was not much though on the subject back then. Responding to the letter from the Kannada Film Industry, AMMA General Secretary, Edavela Babu, said that the decision (to expel Dileep) was taken without much thought on July 11, 2017. Babu also said that the letter would be presented in the upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) and would be discussed in detail.
The decision to reinstate Dileep in AMMA hasn’t gone down well and many actresses too have hot ack the association for its decision. The new President, Mohanlal, has also faced the ire of the situation and protests were staged in front of his house in Kochi after the backlash on the decision.
Actresses Remya Nambeesan, Parvathy, Geethu Mohandas and Rima Kallingal stepped down from AMMA after the Dileep’s suspension from the association was revoked. In an open letter posted on the Facebook page of WCC, the group said, “We humbly ask people not to tell us to speak to AMMA anymore. We saw their sensitivity and their intelligence while dealing with issues that we have raised. They (AMMA) gave us a very public response (with the skit) and we have all seen it. They are very black and white about it and there is not even a grey area. We all know with clarity how they view us (WCC).”