Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) has invited three members of Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) to hold talks in Kochi on August 7 based on their letter seeking a discussion on the decision taken at the general body meeting of the association on June 24 to reinstate actor Dileep, a key accused in the alleged abduction and sexual assault of a woman actor.
“We have invited our members that include Revathi, Padmapriya, and Parvathy for the talks on August 7. The association's executive committee meeting will be also held on the occasion,” said Edavela Babu, general secretary of AMMA.
In their letter,the three actors had pointed out that it was shocking that such an important matter (reinstatement of Mr. Dileep) to the association was decided without listing it on the agenda or being discussed among all members prior to the meeting.
“We were unable to attend the said meeting as we were not in station and were unaware of this matter being discussed at the meeting. (If we had known we would have surely raised our concerns at the meeting prior to such a decision being made),” it said.
The actors had also sought an explanation on Mr. Dileep’s reinstatement and the implications of AMMA’s decision; the steps taken by AMMA to support the survivor; how the association by-laws are structured to ensure welfare of all its members; and what AMMA can do to make women feel more included and safe.
Mr. Babu pointed out that actor Mohanlal, president of AMMA, had already given the replies to the questions posed by the three actors at his media interaction held here on July 9.
Mr. Mohanlal had said that the general body decision to reinstate Mr. Dileep was ‘unanimous.’ He had also claimed that the issue was included in the agenda of the meeting.
Mr. Mohanlal said that a decision to expel Mr. Dileep taken at the meeting of the available executive committee members held at the residence of actor Mamootty was against the rules of the organisation. Hence it was frozen, he said.