Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) is currently in the news after they decided to take back rape accused Dileep back. This decision by the association took the industry by storm and received flak from several quarters. As earlier we reported, four actresses Rima Kallingal, Remya Nambeesan, Geethu Mohandas and the victim of the sexual assault quit AMMA over the same. Actor and director Revathy of the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) recently asked for an emergency meeting for AMMA.
In a recent interview with The News Minute, the veteran actress spoke about how things are being taken for granted. “Attitudes have changed around us, in our society, families and workplaces. There are many things which are being taken for granted. Especially with regard to women. I feel that these days, the courage to say anything and to force people into any kind of relationship has become much more prevalent than before. When you said a no vehemently 20 years back, it was understood that it was no. Now when you say a no, they kind of push you into a corner till you say yes. It has worsened,” she says.
The actress also revealed about the serious conversation that is in planning at the meeting with AMMA. “I’m hopeful that they will be receptive. That is how change happens. Very long back, Mahatma Gandhi said when there’s a change, there will be denial, resistance, fights… after that, we understand it. We will wait for that understanding,” she says.
While many have condemned AMMA’s decision to reinstate Dileep, many actors have maintained silence over the same. There are several AMMA members who have not spoken up on the issue.
Revathy said, “It’s the conditioning that it’s better not to speak out. That they have to keep silent about it. Don’t support the change. But when the change happens, people kind of automatically join in. They feel it’s better to be silent and sit on the fence, don’t contradict anything, don’t be part of the first struggle of anything. They want to sit back and watch.”