Just as people of Kerala started picking pace for another routine day, around 8.30 am came the big news – Malayalam actor Dileep is marrying actor Kavya Madhavan in a private ceremony in Kochi. Soon, channels started airing live visuals from the wedding venue and a vast majority of the state sat in front of the television, surprised by the sudden announcement and eager to watch the stars tying the knot.
The couple made their entry soon and were accompanied by Meenakshi, Dileep's teen daughter from his earlier marriage with actor Manju Warrier. A simple ceremony saw Dileep tying the thali (mangala sutra) on Kavya's neck; they put on garlands on each other, smiling faces all around.
At the same time, the social media users were busy drawing their own conclusions. Most of them were angry at Dileep and pledged their 'support' to Manju Warrier. The reason? There were rumors earlier that Dileep and Kavya were in a relationship and that this affair led to the separation of Dileep and Manju. Dileep had vehemently denied these reports and termed them as mere gossips.
"Manju Warrier was right. Dileep's true nature has been exposed now. It is now that I respect Manju,'' an FB user commented on Manju’s page.
“My wishes to the couple. May you be able to marry many more times in the future,” wrote another on Dileep's Facebook page on a sarcastic note.
“He (Dileep) made a good actor (Manju Warrier) sit at home, saying that he does not like his wife acting by hugging other men. So far, we have not heard Manju speaking against Dileep. She left all her wealth and own daughter with him – Manju, you are the true woman,” was another comment.
Post wedding, the newly weds met the eager reporters and Dileep said “Everyone needs a companion in their lives. And I decided that she should be the one as Kavya's life was being ruined by these rumor mills.”
This comment too draw critics, who attacked the actor for taking up a patriarchal attitude. “Does a woman still need a man by her side to lead an honorable life?,” social media users buzzed.
Dileep had married Manju in 1998, but got divorced in 2015, after a period of 16 years. This was Kavya's second wedding as well. Kavya had married Nishal Chandra in 2009, but they divorced in 2011.
“Dileep is like a father to me, Kavya once said. Dileep had said that Kavya is like a younger sister to him. Today, father and sister got married,” read a widely circulated WhatsApp message.
The mindless comments did not stop there and Dileep's daughter Meenakshi was also at the receiving end.
“Best wishes for Dileep and Kavya. A word for Meenakshi – if you have taken your mother's breast milk at least once, you should go stay with her who is all alone now,” was the most seen and 'liked' comment on Facebook pages. The above comment was shared by many womenfolk who lined up in support for Manju.
But why do we have to argue and be judgmental on someone else's life, asked the wiser lot on social media.
“Two adults who got divorced on mutual consent now got married, again on mutual consent. We don't have to compare the individuals involved and tag them with 'grace' and 'respect'. Give respect to all. Divorce is not an ineligibility. It is us, who are so keen to learn about people's private lives, are graceless. Let people be happy and peaceful in their new lives,” wrote a Facebook user.
Troll-makers were also harsh on the moral police. “People who have never bought a sweet for their sister's children are now asking Dileep's daughter Meenakshi to go stay with her mother,” wrote a social media user.
Though a bit rude, we think the following comment we spotted on a Facebook page can end the argument: “On Manju's Facebook page, some are supporting Manju by abusing Dileep. On Dileep's page, others are supporting Dileep. Some are saying Dileep left Manju for Kavya and that the now married couple have been fooling us. Can I say something? Don't you have any other job? Go, queue up in ATM and buy rice and sugar for your home. It's their lives. They are actors, but beyond that, they're two human beings. Let them live peacefully. It's not from your family that they married, right? The reason behind separation of Dileep and Manju is known to them and their dear ones. Even without knowing the real reason, you are abusing all involved here. I hated Dileep's latest movie Welcome To Central Jail. But I am more than glad to wish Dileep and Kavya on their marriage and I hope they give us good movies in the future.”