Dileep's arrest reveals unsavoury side of Malayalam film industry
Ever since the arrest of superstar Dileep, the big fat egos of those in the Malayalam film industry, be it in the actor's body or other organisations, have been pricked badly, leaving them badly scarred.
One reason for this is the industry has, in the past quarter of a century, been controlled by a few, including superstars Mammootty and Mohanlal, and joining them in the past one decade was Dileep too. Through his deft moves since his entry into the superstar category, Dileep gained control of the exhibitors and also the producers' bodies. His downfall came at a time when he had even overtaken his more popular senior colleagues.
While Mohanlal and Mammootty have their own production houses, they preferred to play second fiddle and they did it discreetly by getting things done through their trusted aides. Dileep, however, had his own strategy, and he deployed it directly without allowing aides to take control of all the arms of the industry -- be it acting, distribution, production and also the exhibitors' body.
It was his direct approach strategy that helped him to rise to the top. But things went for a toss after he was arrested when it was found that he was a key conspirator in the kidnapping of a hugely popular young actress in February this year in Kochi.
The first casualties of his arrest have been the films with which he was directly associated. These include 'Ram Leela', a film that has cost the producer Rs 25 crore.
This film was all set to be released, but following Dileep's arrest it appears to have been shelved for the time being, leaving the producer in a tight spot.