Priya song angers warriors of faith
TROUBLE is brewing for internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier who has become an overnight star for her eyebrow dance and wink in a song sequence. A group of young men from Hyderabad has filed a police complaint against the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Mumbai-based Raza Academy too has objected to the lyrics, claiming it contains some objectionable text mentioning
Islam’s holy Prophet and his wife.
The song is part of the Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love in which the 18-year-old Varrier is set to make her acting debut. What captivated
social media users are the teen’s smile and expressions and the sequence of her interaction with the actor playing her high-school crush. Sources say Priya was chosen to play a small role in the movie initially, but it seems the director, impressed with her talent, decided to make her one of the leads and for this, he is now reworking the script.
The complaint in Hyderabad was filed at the Falaknuma police station by businessman Zaheer Ali Khan, engineering student Muqeeth Khan and others. Khan alleged that the song’s lyrics hurt the sentiments
Complainants say lyrics hurt religious views
of Muslims and demanded that either the song be removed from the film or its words be changed.
A clip from the song, featuring Varrier, has gone viral on social media sites.
The complainants, however, said they had not mentioned the actor’s name in their representation before the police.
“We don’t have any objection against the actors,” Khan said.
Police said they had registered a case. “Following the complaint, we took legal opinion and subsequently a case under IPC section 295A (hurting religious sentiments) has been registered against the film's director, Omar Lulu,” said assistant commissioner of police (Falaknuma division) Syed Fayaz.
As part of their investigation, the police will take the opinion of some Islamic clerics on this after getting a translation of the song, he said. The film is slated to be released later this year
“The song written by CMA Jabbar is sung during marriages and every celebration in Malabar region of North Kerala. Malabar Muslims have been singing this song since 1978. If it was not objectionable then, how has it become objectionable now?” Lulu asked.
The song was launched online on February 9 and has garnered about 10,000,000 views on YouTube. Priya registered on Twitter earlier this month, and has already amassed a following of over 60,000.
On Instagram, she has 2.5 million followers, and got a blue tick. She also has a verified official Facebook page.
Some social media users pointed out that the song is in fact a popular Mappila folk song, which celebrates the marriage of the Prophet and his first wife.
Raza Academy has written a letter to CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi and have asked him to block the released video.
In the same letter they have cited that there is already a FIR against the song in Hyderabad but due to slow procedure no action has been taken against it so far.
We have objection over few words of this song. It’s hurting the sentiments of our community. That is why we have written letter to CBFC chief. If they fail to do so, we will take this protest in legal way by consulting our lawyer. — KARZI ABDUL REHMAN, RAZA ACADEMY ‘Malabar Muslims singing this song since 1978’
But CBFC should direct the concerned department to block the video, the academy says.
“We have objection over few words of this song. It’s hurting the sentiments of our community. That is why we have written letter to CBFC chief. If they fail to do so, then we will take this protest in legal way by consulting our lawyer,” said Kari Abdul Rehman of Raza Academy.
(With inputs from Mayuresh Ganapatye in Mumbai and PTI)
Priya Prakash Varrier
(Left) The Raza Academy letter to CBFC; (above) Priya Prakash Varrier who registered on Twitter early February has already amassed over 60,000 followers, 2.5 million on Instagram and got a blue tick, and also a verified official Facebook page.