21 February,New Delhi
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed all criminal actions by Telangana and Maharashtra against Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier and restrained all other states from taking any action based on the song “Manikya Malaraya Poovi…”.
Staying the criminal action on an FIR and complaints in both states, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud said that action could not be initiated in other states as well.
Priya’s lawyer Harris Beeran told the court that there has been no case filed against her in Kerala though. Priya shot to fame following her ‘wink song’ from the film “Oru Addar Love”.
The stay order will cover the producer and the director of the film which is helmed by Omar Lulu .
Some Muslim activists had lodged an FIR against the team of “Oru Adaar Love” in Hyderabad under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code on February 14, for hurting religious sentiments.
A group in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad had also filed four police complaint against Varrier and Lulu on the same grounds.
The contentious scene where Priya winks at a boy features the Mappila lyrics — a traditional Muslim song from the Malabar region of Kerala — that celebrate the love between Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadija.
The complainants had primarily objected to the use of Mappila as background music in the flirting scene.
Priya told the court that the song, which went viral online and is picturised on her, has been in existence for the last 40 years.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed all the cases pending against Malayalam actor and internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier.
The apex court further said that no criminal proceedings will take place against her till further hearing.
Varrier, on Monday, had filed a plea in the court over the case registered against her film ‘Oru Adaar Love’ in Telangana.
The Raza Academy, on February 16, had penned a letter to Union Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani seeking a ban on Varrier’s song from her debut movie.
The complainants alleged the film’s song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ offends the religious sentiments of Muslims.
The first song of Malayalam movie ‘Oru Adaar Love’ became viral on the social media within few hours of its release because of Varrier’s cute articulations and wink. Since then, the 18-year-old has become the talk of the town.