Director Kamal and character actor Mamukkoya are the latest among several artistes who have recently come forward to strongly criticise AMMA’s decision to reinstate Dileep. Speaking at an event in Thrissur, titled ‘Avalkoppam‘ (with her), Kamal, who has directed nearly 50 films that include Perumazhakalam and Aami, condemned the February 2017 attack on the actress, calling it an example of criminalisation that is creeping into cinema. He also criticised the stand taken by the mothers in the organisation who spoke about motherhood within and outside cinema. The event was organised by the Film Societies Federation where it announced solidarity with the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC).
Others such as writer Sarah Joseph, filmmakers Priyanandanan and PT Kunjumuhammed were also present. Meanwhile, speaking from Kuwait, veteran actor Mamukkoya said Dileep should not be taken back at AMMA until the court verdict came, adding that it would be unacceptable for any person or organization to take a different stand on the issue. He also asked that if court found Dileep guilty, wouldn’t he be expelled again?
According to a report in Manorama, Ramya Nambessan, who also spoke at the event, said that she quit AMMA because the association adopted double standards towards its members. She also said that she was saddened having to make the decision to resign from AMMA, but later felt happy as many prominent personalities noted the work WCC had been doing as commendable. “Let the person who has been charged with the offence prove his innocence,” she said.