Mohanlal, the superstar attempted various double roles in his career as a versatile actor. It deserves praises as far as he is considered as an “actor.” However, the new double role he is playing seems to be in real life- Mohanlal, the person and actor we admire for the past years and Mohanlal, the president of the Association of Malayalam Movies Artistes (AMMA).
In February 2017, Mohanlal as a reaction to the abduction and sexual abuse of a popular Malayalam film actress in a moving vehicle on her way from Thrissur to Kochi on February 18 wrote in a Facebook post:
“Exemplary punishment should be handed out to these criminals who are worse than animals so that it serves as a lesson to similar minded characters who I will not even term as humans. It’s time we stop being candle holding and candle lighting sympathisers and ensure that the law of the land be strengthened in such a way that nobody even dares contemplating such acts, leave alone commit it. My heart goes out to her in this time of distress. May justice be served without delay.”
However, on June 30, a two-page note was released which sought to defend AMMA’s decision taken a week ago to revoke the elimination of actor Dileep and give him back his membership.
Dileep is accused in the actress case and he is believed to have conspired to carry out the assault to teach her a lesson. Reportedly, the actress and Dileep had some troubles over personal matters.
Mohanlal wrote, “It was a unanimous sentiment that was raised in the general body meeting that action against Dileep be frozen. The decision to revoke the removal of Dileep had no voice of opposition. The AMMA leadership has only gone by the basic democratic decency to stand with the unanimous opinion of the general body.”
Frankly speaking, this is a pathetic defence and this might sound rude. But it’s the fact that needed to be analyzed.
What made Mohanlal, who once said who so ever did the assault were “worse than animals” think that things changed in 16 months time to reinstate an accused one?
Mohanlal have not expressed his personal opinion while he was chairing that first meeting as AMMA president. It was not clear whether he was in favour of what others clamored for or was he against such a decision? It is unclear. However, it seems that he stands with what he explained in that Facebook post.
On the other hand, few more questions needed to be answered. Why Mohanlal not yet released a dissenting note? Why did he not underline the fact that such a decision would be immoral?
But what he did was, he kept quiet, making it clear that he can be a hero only in movies. He did not exhibit the courage or so-called heroism to stand up to the pro-Dileep AMMA gang. It is clear that he is much more bothered about the “trial by media” that he says AMMA is being subjected to.
It is important to underline the fact that all together AMMA is at fault or have taken a wrong decision and Mohanlal should not be singled out. Being the AMMA president he will be slaughtered for the reinstatement decision. But, if he wanted, he could have walked out of the meeting but refused to endorse the “unanimous position”. All this points out that his Facebook post was similar to a mere “candle holding” moment.
Mohanlal is wrong with his claim that those who are trying to “destroy the organization” can be ignored. Because it is AMMA that has destroyed AMMA as it exhibits the fact that their organization has no moral base. It needs to be answered what was the hurry to bring the actor back?
Mohanlal now says to describe AMMA as anti-women is “inhuman”. It is strange that the actor does not realise that the decision marks that women actors and others in the association are second-grade members who will have to fall in line when the male actors/members decide to back a rape accused.
Presently, four actresses including the survivor have resigned from AMMA which lead the ruling LDF government including Finance minister Thomas Isaac to oppose the move and the AIYF, the youth wing of the CPI even burnt Mohanlal’s effigy. One hundred leading film personalities have demanded that the elected representatives at AMMA need to step down.
But none of this will make a difference.
It is no longer about Dileep who is refusing to come back to any film body till he clears all charges. It is not about Mohanlal’s willingness to hear grievances against the AMMA decision. It is all about how Mohanlal was unable to realise the consequences that the so-called “unanimous” decision can create.