Director booked for ‘hurting Muslims’ sentiments’ in song
Hyderabad/Meerut: The Falaknuma police registered a case in Hyderabad on Wednesday against Omar Lula, director of the Malalyam film ‘Odu Adaar Love’ in which actress Priya Prakash Varrier employs teasing expressions and a wink for a song linked to the life of the Prophet.
The movie promo has outraged some members of the Muslim community. A case has been registered against direc- tor Lulu and “others” under IPC Section 295A, which deals with deliberately hurting religious sentiments, a charge punishable with up to four years in jail or fine or both.
Deoband ulemas also joined in the protest, criticising Varrier for her “deplorable act”. Senior Deoband cleric Maulana Salim Ashraf Kasmi said, “Be it an actor, a cricketer or any other person, the Constitution of India does not give them the right to demean any religion. And the govern- ment must prevent such acts that show any religion in a bad light. We strongly condemn the deplorable act of this actor, which is hurting religious sentiments.”
Adnan Qamar, a Hyderabad man who went live on Facebook, explained that the expressions were an insult to the lyrics. “It is sad the filmmaker is a Muslim and almost the entire cast is Muslim, but still what they showed in the film is objectionable,” Qamar said in a video that, too, went viral.