THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A day after four woman actors resigned from Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) in the Dileep issue, the film body has found itself completely isolated in the Kerala society. After CPM veteran VS Achuthanandan and finance minister Thomas Isaac, more senior politicians including ministers have come out against AMMA.
Social justice minister KK Shailaja sharply criticised the Association. Offering her full support to the actors who quit the Association, the social justice minister reminded that those who fail to stand with a victim cannot to be called as cultural activists.
"The most undesirable developments in Malayalam film field have come out with the male chauvinistic trends in the actors association. These are least expected from an organisation which should have displayed high standards of ethics. In the changing times, if an organisation fails to uphold women-friendly approaches, it could well be isolated before the society. Those who fail to support the victim cannot call themselves cultural activists," Shailaja said in her Facebook post.
Hoping that cultural Kerala will stand with the four actors who chose to respond, the senior CPM leader extended all support as the social justice minister.
Meanwhile, state PWD minister G Sudhakaran launch a scathing attack on AMMA. Left legislators Mukesh and Ganesh Kumar should correct their misunderstandings, Sudhakaran said. Urging the actors' body to go for introspection and self-correction, Sudhakaran opined that the decision to reinstate Dileep - accused in a criminal case - should have been taken after contemplating the same.
The actors should not think that they can use political influence with money power. While criticising Dileep, the PWD minister alleged that the Malayalam film world is under the control of a Kochi-centred lobby.
Women's Commission chairman and a CPM Central Committee member MC Josephine, too stated that the Actors' association's anti-women stance cannot be accepted. This was least expected from actor like Mohanlal, who holds the position of a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. "At least the left MLAs in the association should have given a thought in this issue," she said.
Fisheries minister Mercykutty Amma too said the actors association's approach cannot stand the scrutiny of the society. Former KPCC president VM Sudheeran also criticised the Association in the issue.
DYFI and AIYF come out against AMMA
Even as the CPM maintains silence over the AMMA issue, the DYFI — its youth wing — has come out asking the actors’ association to correct its stance. “The stance taken by AMMA in supporting actor Dileep sends out a wrong message. The association should correct its stance,” the DYFI state secretariat said. The DYFI also welcomed the stance taken by the Women In Cinema Collective in supporting the actor who was assaulted. AMMA and its members have a responsibility to support her, the DYFI said. The AIYF, the CPI’s youth wing, has also come out strongly against AMMA. The youth front demanded AMMA should be disbanded and they should apologise to the public, the AIYF said. The fact that such anti-woman acts have come from a body led by MLAs and MPs makes it more serious in nature, it added.