FIR against Priya Var­rier’s film song

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IS­SUE Po­lice com­plaint for ‘hurt­ing re­li­gious sen­ti­ments’ of Mus­lims

HY­DER­ABAD/NEWDELHI: The Hy­der­abad po­lice on Wed­nes­day booked the mak­ers of the forth­com­ing Malay­alam film Oru Adaar Love af­ter a com­plaint by a group of lo­cals that a song in the film hurt the sen­ti­ments of Mus­lims.

In Mum­bai, the Raza Academy, a group rep­re­sent­ing the Barelvi branch of the Sun­nis, said that it had writ­ten to the Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner and the cen­sor board ask­ing them to edit por­tions of the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi be­cause they found it “ob­jec­tion­able”. The body said it would launch a na­tion­wide ag­i­ta­tion if its de­mands were not met.

The song, fea­tur­ing overnight sen­sa­tion Priya Prakash Var­rier, has gone vi­ral since it was launched on the in­ter­net on Fri­day.

Po­lice in Hy­der­abad filed a case against the mak­ers un­der sec­tion 295A of the In­dian Pe­nal Code (de­lib­er­ate and ma­li­cious acts, in­tended to out­rage re­li­gious feel­ings of any class by in­sult­ing its re­li­gion or re­li­gious be­liefs), Hy­der­abad’s deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (south zone) V Satya­narayana said.

“The po­lice are metic­u­lously in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case and ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion would be taken against the con­cerned as per the facts and law,” the DCP said.

The film’s di­rec­tor, Omar Lulu, said the charges were base­less.

The com­plainant, Mo­hammed Ab­dul Muqeeth Khan, an en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent, said, “We don’t want to take to the streets or or­gan­ise peo­ple to protest. In fact, I, too, was floored by the clip­ping of the song, which went vi­ral. How­ever, when I heard the com­plete song af­ter it be­came pop­u­lar yes­ter­day, I felt there is some­thing wrong in the lyrics.”

His cousin Ab­dul Kauser, a busi­ness­man, who also signed the com­plaint, said they would fight for pro­tec­tion of the sen­ti­ments of the Mus­lims through le­gal means, rather than through ag­i­ta­tions.

In­spec­tor P Yada­giri of the Falaknuma po­lice sta­tion, who re­ceived the com­plaint, for­warded it to the Cen­tral Crime Sta­tion for fur­ther ac­tion.

Oru Adaar Love is due to re­lease this June.

“The orig­i­nal track in the film is a tra­di­tional song from 1970s that has been sung and en­joyed by peo­ple,” the di­rec­tor said, adding that there are many ver­sions of this song al­ready in ex­is­tence. “There is no need for con­tro­ver­sies. This is a an old song and we have not changed any­thing, but re­ar­ranged the mu­sic.”

Priya Prakash Var­rier has be­come an in­ter­net sen­sa­tion

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