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AMMA Agrees To Meeting With WCC, But No Meeting Date Yet

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Amid fierce backlash from the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) on Monday agreed to hold a meeting and iron out differences that have cropped up ever since the organisation decided to reinstate actor Dileep – a main accused in the case of sexual assault and abduction of an actress in February 2017. While the association has agreed to meet at the end of July, no date has been finalized as yet.

Meanwhile, in an official statement issued through the Facebook account of Women In Cinema Collective (WCC) on Tuesday morning, WCC mentioned that although AMMA’s executive committee expressed readiness to address the issue over a meeting, there has been no update on who would be a part of the meeting or when it would be held.

കുറ്റാരോപിതനായ നടനെ തിരിച്ചെടുക്കുവാനുള്ള A.M .M.A നടപടിയിൽ പ്രതിഷേധിച്ച് രാജി വച്ച ഞങ്ങളുടെ സുഹൃത്തുക്കൾക്കും,…

Posted by Women in Cinema Collective on Monday, July 2, 2018

The WCC also thanked the members and colleagues from the Malayalam film industry and other industries, student groups, friends in media, women journalists’ group, other collectives. They stated that it was because of their support that this issue can no more be belittled as a ‘usual internal conflict in a cine union.’ This is a fight to make the film industry a democratic women-friendly space, the post read.

“We hope all those people in the industry who, despite working with the survivor for so long and yet didn’t have the courage to stand by her, find that courage soon,” WCC concluded the post. 
Meanwhile, actor Siddique said that the decision to oust Dileep from AMMA was invalid. The decision to expel Dileep was taken by five or six members, which by law, was invalid according to the association rules. The actor further added that the initial decision to oust Dileep was made invalid by the same executive committee which had Prithviraj and Remya Nambessan in it. He also said that AMMA is trying to solve the issue in an amicable way. 
AMMA invited controversy last week, when under its new president Mohanlal, the organisation decided to revoke Dileep’s suspension. The decision caused an outrage with questions being raised about AMMA leaders siding with a rape accused. The members of Kannada Film Industry (KFI) and Film Industry for Rights & Equality (FIRE) also slammed the film body on its decision.
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