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Superstar Mohanlal under fire from actresses

IANS  |  Kochi 

The (AMMA), led by super star Mohanlal, came under fire on Saturday from the Women's Collective in Cinema (WCC) over the way the kidanpping case of an is being handled.

The WCC was formed last year by women drawn from various sectors of the film industry to fight for their cause, after they found that was not protecting their interests.

is an accused in a kidnapping case that took place last year. The was in jail for 85 days and is now out on bail.

The WCC alleges that has not supported the victim, whereas has got all the backing.

Leading on Saturday said that many like her were shocked to hear address them as mere actresses.

"It really hurt us very much... he could have mentioned us by our name. We have now realized that AMMA's committee is taking us for a ride and is not serious about the victim getting justice in the kidnapping case," said Revathy, adding should be handled by responsible people.

Trouble stared soon after took over as AMMA in June. He took back into the AMMA Dileep, prompting leading actresses, Rima Kallingal, and quitting the AMMA in protest. Another 14 members announced their decision to quit, citing lack of fairness.

At Saturday's press meet, Revathy, Padmapriya, and the three actresses who quit AMMA and a few others were also present.

The decision on Dileep's status has been left to the next general body meeting of AMMA.

"They (AMMA) use by-laws when they find it useful for their requirements and when it comes to our needs, they cling on by-laws," said

said things are not clean in the Malayalam film industry, adding she was shocked to see a 17-year-old young girl knocking at her door and complaining about the way she was exploited.

"I will not name her, but things are bad in the industry," said

She said that none should take the actresses lightly, and that they would continue to expose the goings-on in the industry.

Beena Paul, who is of the state-run Kerala State Chalachitra Acadmey, said their intention is not to shame the industry.

"There are so many stories of victimization... slowly these will come out," said Paul.



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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 19:44 IST