The Hush Post: Close on the heels of Deepika Padukone becoming target of Karni Sena for her recent controversial movie Padmaavat, the latest Internet heartthrob and sensation Priya Prakash Varrier has come on the radar of such elements. The Hyderabad police have lodged an FIR against the makers of upcoming Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love that features the song filmed on Varrier which became instantly hit on internet and various social media networking sites.
The police have booked the makers of Oru Adaar Love over a song that has “objectionable references” to a love story between Prophet Mohammad and his wife Khadijah Bivi in Mecca.
The song, Manikya Malaraya Poovi, featuring overnight internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier, has gone viral since it was launched a few days ago. However, film’s director Omar Lulu has denied that the song was objectionable.
The Falaknuma police in the old city filed a case against the makers under section 295 A of Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) based on a complaint from Mohammed Abdul Muqeeth Khan and some other Muslim youths, a Hyderabad police officer said.
The case has been filed after some Muslim youths lodged a complaint with the police demanding a ban on the song from the Malayalam film for the objectionable references in the lyrics to Prophet Mohammad and his wife Khadijah Bivi. Though they did not understand the lyrics in Malayalam, the complainants said they found references to the Prophet’s wife in a translation of the song, which they said hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
The song has Varrier winking at a co-actor which made her an overnight sensation.
The complainant, Khan, an engineering student, denied lodging the complaint for the sake of publicity. “We don’t want to take to 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,” he was reported saying by the Hindustan Times.
He said he tried to understand the lyrics and then realised that it has reference to Khadija Bivi, wife of Prophet Mohammad. “I felt it objectionable and hence, lodged the complaint,” he said.
Oru Adaar Love is scheduled to release on Eid this June. Director of Oru Adaar Love, Omar Lulu, said there was no reason for controversy around the song. “The original track is a traditional song from 1970s that has been sung and enjoyed by people,” the Hindustan Times reported the director saying and adding that there are many versions of this song and composer Shaan Rehman recreated it for the film.
He also added that neither he nor his team have received any notice so far and will take action if and when that happens. “We do not want to give this too much attention,” he said.