‘Mohanlal’s observations disappointing’

The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) has termed ‘deeply disappointing’ the observations made by Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) president Mohanlal at a news conference on Tuesday on actor Dileep’s readmission into the organisation. In a Facebook post, the WCC said Mohanlal’s observations ran contrary to their expectations and showed where the organisation stood on the question of readmitting an accused person into the organisation. Every organisation had the duty to maintain certain principles of ethics and honesty.

However, in the present instance, the attempt was to make it appear that technicalities were more important than such principles.

While this was disturbing, the position that the accused person and the victim could continue in the same organisation was distressing.

On Mohanlal’s claim that the abducted female actor had not given any complaint in writing, the WCC said there was no evidence for AMMA secretary Edavela Babu seeking any written complaint when the actor spoke to him over phone twice — the first to complain that the accused actor was blocking roles that she would have got and, after the abduction and sexual harassment, to seek the support of AMMA. Babu had told her at the time that the entire organisation was with her.

On resignation

On the contention that only two of the WCC members had sent in their resignations from AMMA, the WCC said all the four members had announced their decision to resign from the organisation and sent in mail messages to AMMA’s official e-mail ID.

While Mohanlal’s position was that the question of readmitting actor Dileep was on the agenda of the AMMA general body meeting, the WCC’s information was that the matter was not on the agenda of the meeting.

Awaits early decision

The WCC said that though they had reservations about all these issues, they were hopeful about the upcoming dialogue between them and the AMMA office-bearers.

They also hoped that the matter would not be allowed to drag on and a decision on an early discussion would be taken.

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