Actor Dileep’s return to Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) is currently a talk of the town and is hitting headlines with each passing day. The industry is divided by opinions. The newly appointed president of AMMA, Mohanlal also spoke about the ongoing controversy. On the other hand, as earlier we reported, four actresses Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambeesan, Geethu Mohandas and the victim of the sexual assault have quit AMMA.
Now the latest update on the controversy is ‘The Kannada Film Industry’ (KFI) and the ‘Film Industry for Rights & Equality’ (FIRE) have condemned AMMA over their decision of lifting the ban on actor Dileep.
In a letter to AMMA General Secretary Edavala Babu, KFI and FIRE asked the association “to revoke Dileep’s reinstatement till he is cleared of all charges and uphold the moral compasses that our film industries at their best possess.”
The letter further read, “Although we of KFI & FIRE espouse the Constitutional notion of ‘innocent until proven guilty,’ we deem AMMA’s reinstatement as even more inappropriate since the victim has been a member of AMMA and the accused has yet to be acquitted of all wrongdoing.”
The letter has 50 signatures including actors Chetan, Sruthi Hariharan, Shraddha Srinath, Diganth, Meghana Gaonkar, actor-directors Rakshit Shetty and Prakash Rai, directors Kavitha Lankesh, Roopa Iyer and Pannaga Bharana, among others.
Well, many celebrities from the Malayalam cinema have slammed the decision of AMMA.
Meanwhile, the survivor of the assault, wrote in her resignation statement, “Prior to this, this actor has snatched away opportunities of acting from me. When I had complained at that time, AMMA did not act seriously on my complaint. And when such a terrible incident happened, an organisation that I am also a part of tried to protect the man who has been accused of the crime. Realising that there is no purpose in being a part of such an organisation, I hereby resign.”
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