After Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) reinstated actor Dileep as a member of the association, the association has faced a lot of backlash from many sections, specially Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) which was formed by few women artists of Malayalam cinema after the Malayalam actress abduction case. After the General Body Meeting on Sunday, the newly elected management decided to reinstate Dileep’s membership in AMMA since the he wasn’t yet convicted in the case and the case is in the court. However, the decision did not go down well with many feeling that AMMA is slowly rifting the focus towards Dileep. The latest to lash out at AMMA is actor and member of WCC Rima Kallingal.
Speaking to media, Rima said, “Everybody is asking why we did not ask these questions at the AMMA meet. There are two reasons. One, it’s going to be one year after the Malayalam actor assault case during which we have been initiating discussions on the issue with AMMA in many ways. We all saw how AMMA, during a show (AMMA Mazhavillu), which was organised collectively by everyone, reacted to our questions on a public platform.”
Rima further 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).”
Rima was also furious that AMMA insulted WCC in an indirect way and said, “But they (AMMA) have insulted this organisation (WCC), that can become a part of a worldwide conversation on sexism, in such a cheap manner. Using the biggest platform they could (AMMA Mazhavillu show), members, including the senior-most ones, staged a skit insulting the collective. So after this, don’t expect us to approach them with the hopes of getting a mature reaction from them. I think it is black and white.“