Priya Prakash Varrier’s viral song in trouble; Muslims say lyrics hurt sentiments, FIR lodged

A wink and a shy but mischievous smile by Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier in a 28-second clip from a film song have turned the 18-year-old into an Internet sensation. However, a group of Muslim youth from Hyderabad on Wednesday registered a complaint at Falaknuma Police Station against the actor and makers of ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ — a song from her forthcoming Malayalam film debut “Oru Adaar Love” — for allegedly hurting their sentiments.

The complainants said the lyrics were linked to the Prophet’s life. Earlier in the day, Syed Faiyaz, ACP, Falaknuma, said: “We received a complaint from a few men that the viral song’s lyrics is hurting the sentiments of Muslims. They have not submitted a video proof and we have asked them to provide us with the same. No FIR has been registered as yet.”

Later, the ACP said that a person filed a complaint against Omar Lulu, the director of Malayalam movie ‘Oru Adaar Love’. The complainant claimed that a song in the film hurts the feelings of the Muslim community. The police officer said that a case has been registered under Section 295A. The film’s director, Omar Lulu, however, denied that the song is objectionable.

According to The Times of India, Adnan Qamar, who hails from Hyderabad, went live on Facebook and said: “It is sad that the filmmaker himself is a Muslim and almost the entire cast is Muslim but still such objectionable picturization has been shown in the film.”

Qamar also posted the lyrics of the song and English translation. The translated lyrics read: “A woman like the Pearl flower her highness-khatija beebi in the holy City of Mecca she lived like a queen…”

The group has reportedly asked Asaduddin Owaisi, the chief of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), to intervene in the matter.

Priya’s debut film, releasing next month, is written and directed by Omar Lulu, and produced by Ousepachan Vaalakuzhy under the banner of Ousepachan Movie House.

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