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Monday, 19 February 2018

Viral song row: Priya Prakash Varrier moves SC seeking stay on FIR

Viral song row: Priya Prakash Varrier moves SC seeking stay on FIR


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Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier along with director Omar Lulu have moved the Supreme Court on Monday, a week after the Falaknama police in Hyderabad registered an FIR against the filmmaker. The Hyderabad police had registered the FIR against Omar Lulu based on a complaint that a song from their upcoming movie Oru Adaar Love hurts religious sentiments. 

Priya Varrier, who is first petitioner, Omar Lulu and others in their petition to the apex court, have sought an ex-parte stay on the FIR registered against them and have also sought appropriate orders restraining other states from registering FIRs against them.

The petition, filed under Article 32 of the Constitution, has come in the wake of opposition towards Manikya Malaraya Poovi, a song from the Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love. This is the first film of actor Priya Varrier.  

The petition says that all the claims that the song hurts religious sentiments of the Muslim community "are without any basis". According to the petitioners, the song has been in use for the past 40 years and the song from the movie is a popular Mappila song from Kerala and that it describes and praises the love between the Prophet Mohamed and his first wife Khadeeja.
The petition has a detailed English translation of the now-controversial song, and argues that Manikya Malaraya Poovi has been celebrated all along, but is now being treated as an insult to the Prophet.