Mo­han­lal un­der fire over actress kid­nap case

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Malay­alam Movie Artists (AMMA), led by su­per­star Mo­han­lal, came un­der fire yes­ter­day from the Women’s Col­lec­tive in Cinema (WCC) over the way the kid­nap­ping case of an actress is be­ing han­dled.

The WCC was formed last year by women drawn from var­i­ous sec­tors of the film in­dus­try to fight for their cause, af­ter they found that AMMA was not pro­tect­ing their in­ter­ests.

Se­nior ac­tor Dileep is an ac­cused in the kid­nap­ping case that took place last year. The ac­tor was in jail for 85 days and is now out on bail.

The WCC al­leges that AMMA has not sup­ported the vic­tim, whereas Dileep has got all the back­ing.

Lead­ing actress Re­vathy yes­ter­day said that many like her were shocked to hear Mo­han­lal ad­dress them as mere ac­tresses.

“It re­ally hurt us very much... he could have men­tioned us by our name. We have now re­alised that AMMA’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee is tak­ing us for a ride and is not se­ri­ous about the vic­tim get­ting jus­tice in the kid­nap­ping case,” said Re­vathy, adding AMMA should be han­dled by re­spon­si­ble peo­ple.

Trou­ble started soon af­ter Mo­han­lal took over as AMMA pres­i­dent in June. He took back into the AMMA fold Dileep, prompt­ing lead­ing ac­tresses Rima Kallin­gal, Re­mya Nam­bisan and Geetu Mo­han­das to quit the or­gan­i­sa­tion in protest. An­other 14 mem­bers an­nounced their de­ci­sion to quit, cit­ing lack of fair­ness.

At a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Re­vathy, Padmapriya, Par­vathy and the three ac­tresses who quit AMMA and a few oth­ers were also present.

The de­ci­sion on Dileep’s sta­tus has been left to the next gen­eral body meet­ing of AMMA.

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