The arrest of actor Dileep in connection with the molestation of a Mollywood actress in Feb this year has taken an even more serious turn, of late.
Those in support of Dileep had started a campaign to the extent that the involvement of a PR agency was suspected behind it all. The campaigns and debates took a back seat, until last week when actor K B Ganesh Kumar, who is also an MLA, made some controversial statements exhorting those who have benefitted from the jailed hero to come in support of him.
Yesterday, the members of the Women in Cinema Collective started a campaign titled “Avalkkoppam” in support of the actress, at the Kerala State Film awards venue at Thalassery. A signature campaign, organized by WCC, was inaugurated by veteran actress Nilambur Ayesha.
This has brought out the rift in the industry more evident. There are also reports that there is huge difference of opinion in the actors’ organization AMMA over Dileep’s ouster from the membership.
Activist and lawyer Sebastian Paul’s comments in his article in a portal, in which he is the Chief editor, supporting Dileep, has been widely debated.
Meanwhile, actor Sreenivasan’s house at Kannur was smeared with black oil. This was done after he made a statement that he doesn’t believe Dileep will do such a crime.
With rumours spreading that Dileep’s friend and director Nadhir Shah will be questioned by the police soon, the case is back in the top headlines.