Teenage Malayalam Actress Priya Prakash Varrier – who enchanted the country with her wink – received today a relief from the Supreme Court, which placed all police cases against her on a song in her next film.
The lawyer of Mrs. Varrier, Harris Beeran, said the court said no case should be filed in a state based on this song. The court, he said, also issued notifications to the states Telangana and Maharashtra, where cases were filed.
Ms. Varrier became famous earlier this month with a wink and a smile after a promotional video of the film won hearts on social media.
The song “Manikya Malaraya Poovi” was controversial and the Hyderabad police filed a complaint against the actor last week from a group of young men. The men said that the song refers to the wife of the Prophet Muhammad, whom they deem to be reprehensible. An Islamic seminary based in Hyderabad gave a fatwa to the song and demanded that it be removed from the film. Another case was later submitted to Maharashtra.
A bank consisting of Chief Judge Dipak Misra and Judges A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also gave relief to the director of the film Malayalam “Oru Addar Love”, which was also mentioned in the complaints.
Police cases accused the actor and director of deliberate and malicious acts that were intended to alarm religious feelings.
On Monday, Ms. Priya lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court against the FIR. In the petition, the Priya said that the song is a traditional song sung by Muslims in the Malabar region in northern Kerala. He describes and praises the love between the Prophet Muhammad and his first wife Khadeeja and “this was misunderstood by the accusers,”.
They were very “confused” by the complaints, Mr. Beeran said it was likely that the people in Hyderabad read an English version and that the meaning of the song was literally “lost in translation”.