Kannada industry backs WCC, expresses “outrage and disappointment” at AMMA
Kannada industry backs WCC, expresses “outrage and disappointment” at AMMA

Kannada industry backs WCC, expresses “outrage and disappointment” at AMMA

Writes to AMMA seeking to review decision to reinstate Dileep

The voices of protest against the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) are growing, with the members of Kannada film fraternity too coming out with a scathing letter expressing “outrage and disappointment” at the organisation’s decision to reinstate actor Dileep, who was earlier ousted from the organisation after he was named as an accused in the case involving the abduction and rape of an actor.

The statement signed by 50 actors, filmmakers, and writers of the Kannada Film Industry (KFI) and the Film Industry for Rights & Equality (FIRE), says that Dileep’s reinstatement is even more inappropriate since the victim has been a member of AMMA and the accused has yet to be acquitted of all wrongdoings.

“With issues like women’s safety and gender equality being at the forefront of national debate, our cinema industries have strong responsibilities to blaze exemplary trails for the rest of society. We of KFI and FIRE ask that AMMA immediately revoke its decision to reinstate Mr. Dileep until all charges are cleared and uphold the moral compasses that our film industries at their best possess.

“We anticipate swift, sincere action from AMMA, upon which we intend to join hands in building safe and healthy working environments for all our industry personnel,” said the statement.”

The statement was signed by, among others, actor-filmmakers Prakash Raj and RakshitShetty, filmmakers KavithaLankesh, RoopaIyer, YograpjBhat, B.M. Giriraj, Jayathirtha, PannagaBharana, actors SruthiHariharan, Chetan, ShraddhaSrinath, SonuGowda, Diganth, RoopaNatraj, Meghana Raj, Aindrita Ray, SangeethaBhat, KavyaShetty, Samyuktha Hornad, SindhuLoknath, BhavanaRao, SujathaSathyanarayana, Sudharani, Nivedita, Pooja Gandhi and others.

The support from the Kannada industry comes at a time when the movement started by the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC), demanding a woman-friendly working environment and parity in treatment with male actors, is creating a churn in the Malayalam industry.

‘Will never join AMMA’

On Sunday, 15 members of the WCC released a statement explaining why they would never join an organisation like AMMA.

“In a film industry where the concept of equal pay is non-existent, it is undemocratic to impose a membership fee of ₹1 lakh. The way they handled the issue of our fellow actor shows that their decisions can never be trusted.

“AMMA has taken a dangerous and irresponsible stand of maintaining silence, whenever the WCC members have raised any issue. The history of the organisation, the star-centric caucuses and the fans associations tell us that a democratic system where a debate is possible, will not become a reality in AMMA in the near future. The stars controlling the organisation now are unable to accept self-respecting women or their workplace,” they said in the statement issued.

The statement was signed by actors AmalaAkkineni, Ranjini Pierre, SajithaMadathil, AbhijaSivakala, KaniKusruti, Jolly Chirayath, DarshanaRajendran, DivyaGopinath, and others.

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