Earlier this week, actor and Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes (AMMA) secretary Siddique slammed Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan for quitting films based on sexual harassment allegations against the directors they were working with and claimed that the Malayalam film industry will do no such thing with actor Dileep, who is an accused in an abduction and sexual assault case in February 2017, in a press meet.
However, the official spokesperson of AMMA, actor Jagadeesh, has backed the actors and said, “Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan have all support from the Malayalam film industry,” reports the News Minute.
“Siddique called for a press meet without the permission of the Executive Committee of AMMA, where he said the stand taken by Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan was wrong. We sincerely regret his statement. We have a responsibility to clarify this misunderstanding to Bollywood,” Jagadeesh said further.
Earlier this month, Aamir stepped away from the upcoming Gulshan Kumar biopic, Mogul, after the film’s director Subhash Kapoor was accused of sexual misconduct. Aamir was co-producing the film with T-Series.
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Later, Akshay also requested the producers of his upcoming film Housefull 4 to stop the shoot of the film when director Sajid Khan was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women. Following the events, Sajid stepped down as film’s director.
In the wake of India’s MeToo movement, several prominent men including Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl and Rajat Kapoor among others have been accused of sexual misconduct and harassment and many of the film fraternity members have extended support to the brave women who have shared their MeToo stories.