Priya Prakash Varrier, who became an overnight sensation on the internet after the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ from her Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love went viral, is now relieved with the Supreme Court order that no FIRs can be lodged against her in any state with respect to the controversy over the song.
Speaking to ANI, she said that she’s happy now. “I have confidence now, the society supports us, the Supreme Court supports us. For a newcomer like me, these matters gets us tensed.”
Early this week, Varrier and director Omar Lulu had moved the Supreme Court seeking to stay the criminal proceedings against her by invoking an artiste’s fundamental right to speech and expression.
After hearing their petition, the bench, comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Chief Justice Dipak Misra declared that no further complaints against the actress shall be entertained.
The song, a ‘Mappilapattu’ (Mappila refers to the Muslim community of north Kerala and Pattu means songs), written by PA Jabbar went viral when it released two weeks ago. It shows a boy (Mohammad Roshan) looking at a girl (Priya P Varrier) seated far away, with the two exchanging flirtatious glances.
Soon enough, a complaint was first filed at the Falaknuma Police station in Hyderabad by Muqueet Khan who said that the song is about Prophet Muhammad and hence linking a religious song with romance is offensive. Hyderabad’s Jamia Nizamia Seminary had also issued a fatwa over the song, requesting the CBFC chairman to take down the song from the Internet.