Kochi: The Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) is yet to break its silence on the allegations raised by the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) on Saturday. The influential body of actors is likely to play down the charges.
Members of the executive committee of the AMMA are learned to have reached a consensus to ignore the voices from their rebellious women colleagues. They have also decided not to act on actor Dileep, accused in the 2017 actress attack case, until the court pronounces its verdict.
Actor Baburaj, who is an AMMA office-bearer, doubted the intention of the women's bloc to hurl charges. He claimed WCC has a particular agenda.
The WCC's main complaint about the AMMA was its refusal to isolate Dileep even after he had been accused of plotting the kidnap and sexual harassment of the actress last year. WCC members lashed out at AMMA in a press conference in Kochi on Saturday. They said that the association was protecting the accused and ignoring the complaint of the victim.
Complaint against Revathi
The press conference triggered an avalanche of abuses on WCC's social media page. Veteran actress Revathi, a prominent member of the collective, was even slapped with a police complaint after she claimed to have saved a 17-year-old girl from a harasser on the sets of a movie shooting several years ago. The complainant wanted to take action against Revathi for not reporting a sexual crime against a minor.
Revathi later clarified that the incident she was referring to was not one of sexual harassment. The girl was frightened because someone had been knocking on her door repeatedly in the middle of the night. Revathi said that she kept awake with the girl and her grandmother the whole night.
The actress said that she mentioned the incident to highlight the need to turn film locations safer for women.
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