The voices of protest against the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) are growing. Student Federation of India (SFI) national president VP Sanu came out with a scathing Facebook post expressing support to the Women in Cinema Collective and outrage and disappointment at the AMMA’s decision to reinstate actor Dileep, who was named as an accused in the case involving the abduction and rape of an actor.
The SFI President admits that as part of various events organized by SFI, many stars have been invited to colleges as chief guests.
“It is the time to reconsider whether or not SFI should be inviting people who are anti-democratic and even more blind to gender identity like these actors in AMMA,” he said.
Asserting support for the survivor, he appreciated four women from the Women in Cinema Collective – Rima Kallingal, Ramya Nambessan, Geetu Mohandas and the survivor – resigned from AMMA soon after it reinstated Dileep.
Calling AMMA’s stand as an evident tool of patriarchy he went on to say that the women of WCC “challenged the way in which the members of AMMA sidelined the women in the organization.”
Around 100 members of the Malayalam film industry, in a strongly-worded press statement on Saturday, condemning AMMA for reinstating Dileep.