New Delhi: Actress Priya Prakash Varrier moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking to quash the FIRs (First Information Report) and the fatwa issued against her in Telangana and Maharashtra for the Malayalam song in the movie Oru Adaar Love alleging that she had offended religious sentiments of Muslims.
Director NP Abdul Wahab and Producer Joseph Valakuzhy Eapen are the other petitioners in this writ petition filed through counsel Harris Beeran seeking apex court’s intervention.
The petitioners said this is the debut movie of Priya Prakash Varrier and she is a student pursuing her B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) from Vimala College at Trichur District Kerala. On 9 February, the producers of the movie Oru Adaar Love released a promotional video of a song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the movie on Youtube. The Movie is an adolescent Love Story.
“A song which has been in existence for 40 years and cherished all along by Muslim community cannot suddenly offend their religious sentiment,” Varrier submitted in her petition, filed through advocate Harish Beeran.
18-year-old Priya said the song of the film in which the wink featured was written 40 years ago and had been sung by Muslim community all along without any protest. “What is hard to fathom is that a song, which has been in existence for the past 40 years, which was written, sung and cherished by the Muslim Community in Kerala, is now being treated as an insult to the Prophet and his wife,” Varrier submitted in her petition. The song describes and praises the love between the Prophet Mohamed and his first wife Khadeeja.
The song Manikya Malaraya Poovi has been misunderstood by people outside Kerala (Non-Malayalam speakers), as it is being wrongly translated/interpreted and taken out of context, which is leading to the registration of multiple criminal cases against the petitioners in Maharashtra and Telangana.
It was submitted that a song, which has existed for more than 40 years and which has been cherished by more than 1 Crore Muslim population of Kerala cannot suddenly offend the religious sentiment of the Muslim Community. There is a threat to the life of a young girl, the Petitioner No.1 herein and her family as fatwas alleged to have been issued against her and her family. That the same is violative of her rights under Article 21 of the Constitution.
The registration of FIRs and complaints against the Petitioners is violative of their rights under Article 19(1)(a) and 19(1)(g) which prescribe that a citizen shall have the freedom of expression and profession. They prayed that the FIR and complaints should be quashed as no ingredients have been made out against the Petitioners and there have not been any malafides.
Priya became an overnight sensation after a 29-second video clip from the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi went viral around Valentine’s Day this year. The video shows her arching her eyebrows, winking and then blushing coyly at a boy who crushes on her in school.