Di­rec­tor booked for ‘hurt­ing Mus­lims’ sen­ti­ments’ in song

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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.

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