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Dileep’s arrest may cause Rs 60cr loss to Malayalam film industry, release of Ramleela to be delayed

As per industry sources, the arrest of Dileep - whose star-value is said to be right behind superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty - would cost the industry a massive loss of Rs 50-60 crore.

regional movies Updated: Jul 11, 2017 16:50 IST
Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the abduction and assault case of a South Indian actress, being produced before the Magistrate court which sent him to 14 days judicial custody, in Kochi.
Malayalam actor Dileep, who was arrested in connection with the abduction and assault case of a South Indian actress, being produced before the Magistrate court which sent him to 14 days judicial custody, in Kochi.(PTI)

The arrest of actor Dileep over the abduction and assault of an actress has left the Malayalam film industry shell-shocked, especially directors and producers of his finished and ongoing projects.

As per industry sources, the arrest of Dileep - whose star-value is said to be right behind superstars Mohanlal and Mammootty - would cost the industry a massive loss of Rs 50-60 crore.

Release of Ramaleela, one of his big-budget movies directed by debutant Arun Gopi, has been postponed. Though producer Tomichan Mulakupadam said the movie would be released on July 21, it may not actually hit theatres on the announced date in view of widespread protests against the actor.

The shooting of Kammarasambhavam, helmed by Ratheesh Ambatt, and 3D movie, “Professor Dinkan” is also halfway through. Saddam Sivan and Njarana Mon are the other projects in the pipeline.

Senior director of Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), Vinayan has described the arrest as a “scar on Malayalam cinema”.

Bina Paul, senior editor and leader of Women in Cinema Collective, an outfit of women in Malayalam cinema, said they were “extremely pained” that a person from the industry was involved in the incident. “But we believe that justice has to be served at any cost (to the victim),” she said.

Soon after the arrest, actress Remya Nambeesan, a close friend of the victim, said “I am happy that justice has prevailed.”

Script writer Deedi Damodaran, director Vidhu Vincent and dubbing artiste Bhagyalakshmi also expressed shock at the recent developments and reinstated their solidarity with the victim.

A mimicry artist, Dileep, who had entered the film industry as an assistant director over two decades ago, enjoyed an unquestionable position in all areas of cinema, including production and distribution, besides acting. He held key positions in all major outfits connected to Malayalam cinema.

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