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In February last year, a female Malayalam star was abducted and subjected to sustained sexual violence. Superstar Dileep has been chargesheeted by the police as a conspirator in the case.(Alamy Stock Photo)

Mollywood, misogyny and the Kerala conundrum

Hindustan Times | By Anna MM Vetticad
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 06:29 PM IST
The battles of a pioneering women’s collective in the Malayalam film industry, formed after the rape of a star, mirror the social contradictions in Kerala, a state outsiders often believe to be progressive
(PTI Malayalam cinema’s superstar Dileep who was almost rehabilitated last week by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) turned down the reinstatement, claiming he would return after “proving his innocence”.)
(PTI Malayalam cinema’s superstar Dileep who was almost rehabilitated last week by the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) turned down the reinstatement, claiming he would return after “proving his innocence”.)

Dileep case: The anti-AMMA backlash has a larger message

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2018 06:14 PM IST
The backlash against AMMA’s move — four well-known actresses quit the association — is a welcome move and sends out a larger message. It shows that the Indian movie industry essentially revolves around a few ‘star men’ and many have got away with improper behaviour in the past.
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