Priya moves SC over 'flimsy' complaints

Actress Priya Prakash Varrier, the teen Internet sensation, has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the multiple complaints registered against her over a song in the yet-to-be-released Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love.

By Our Legal Correspondent
  • Published 20.02.18
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Priya Prakash Varrier

New Delhi: Actress Priya Prakash Varrier, the teen Internet sensation, has moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the multiple complaints registered against her over a song in the yet-to-be-released Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love.

Several organisations have protested the use of the song, Manikya Malaraya Poovi, in the film, alleging it was derogatory to Prophet Mohammed. The song, which has been played for long at Muslim weddings, refers to Prophet Mohammed and his wife Khadeeja.

Priya, who is seen in a brief sequence playfully flirting with a boy in the song with a wink and a shy smile, has moved the apex court along with film director Omar Abdul Wahab and producer Joseph Valakuzhy Eapen.

The plea, moved through advocate Harris Beeran, mentions that Manikya Malaraya Poovi does not in any way disrespect the Prophet. It alleges that attempts were being made to stifle the filmmakers' voices through frivolous complaints in Telangana and Maharashtra by some fringe groups who had violated the makers' fundamental rights of free speech and freedom of expression under Article 19 of the Constitution.

Priya has pleaded that she is just 18 years old and is a student pursuing a B.Com degree from Vimala College in Kerala's Thrissur.

"The claims that it hurts the religious sentiments of the Muslim community are without any basis. What is hard to fathom is that a song which has been in existence for the past 40 years, which was written, sung and cherished by the Muslim community in Kerala is now being treated as an insult to the Prophet and his wife," the petition said.

"The movie is yet to be completed and an amount of Rs 1.5 crore has been spent on it.... Such flimsy and baseless complaints and FIRs cause nothing but hindrance in the freedom of speech and expression," the petition added.

It is expected to come up for hearing in a week.