Mollywood actress Priya Prakash Varrier became worldwide sensation with just one adorable wink in the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ from the upcoming movie ‘Oru Adaar Love’ directed by Omar Lulu. After the song went viral on social media, an FIR was filed against the filmmaker for hurting religious sentiments.
This was followed by a letter written by Raza Academy demanding the imposition of a ban on the song. An FIR was also lodged against the actress in Hyderabad.
Now, a week after the case was registered, actress Priya Prakash Varrier has moved the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking the quashing of the FIRs lodged against her and prohibit states from initiating any criminal proceedings against her.
“The criminal complaints have been instituted by various fringe groups based on a distorted and incorrect interpretation of the song in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra and similar complaints are likely from other non-Malayalam speaking States as well,” Priya Prakash Varrier said in her plea filed through advocate Pallavi Pratap.
‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ is a Mappila song or a traditional Muslim number popular in the Malabar region of Kerala for over decades.
“That such flimsy and baseless complaints and FIRs cause nothing but hindrance in the freedom of speech and expression granted under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution and the same is an outright abuse of the process of law,” reads the petition.
“Such acts only result in curbing the freedom expression of people and have also resulted in dragging the Petitioner No.1, who is a young college student, into a criminal case for merely acting in a movie,” the plea said.
“…there is a threat to the life of a young girl, the Petitioner No.1 herein and her family as fatwas have been alleged to have been issued against her and her family,” reads the plea.
The petition is expected to be taken up tomorrow. Stay tuned!