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Muslim sentiments have allegedly been hurt by the lyrics of the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’, the song featuring Priya Prakash Varrier who became an internet sensation overnight with her wink and raised eyebrow.

A couple of Hyderabad residents have lodged a case against Omar Lulu, the director of the upcoming Malayalam film ‘Oru Adaar Love’ over the lyrics of the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’, claiming that when translated to English, it hurts the sentiments of Muslims as it makes derogatory references to the Prophet. They have demanded that either the song is removed from the film or the lyrics are changed.

The complaint was lodged by Zaheer Ali Khan and Muqeeth Khan, residents of Falaknuma in Hyderabad. “When I first saw the viral video I fell in love it. I watched it so many times and shared it many times. I wanted to know the meaning of the song so I got the original Malayalam lyrics and translated it online and also took help of some people. I found that the song referred to the romance between the Prophet and his wife Khadija. It is inappropriate and an insult to the Prophet. I showed it our elders and we decided to lodge a complaint. I am not against the film or the actors. I am not against the film’s release also. We are only protesting against this song because it hurts sentiments of Muslims,” Muqeeth said, talking to The Indian Express.

“Following the complaint, we took legal opinion and subsequently a case under IPC section 295A (hurting religious sentiments) has been registered against the film’s director, Omar Lulu,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (Falaknuma division) Syed Fayaz reported news agencies.

The police will take the opinion of some Islamic clerics on this after getting a translation of the song, he said. “We will proceed based on their opinion… If the song has really hurt the sentiments then definitely action will be initiated against those involved,” the ACP said.

‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ is a famous mappila paattu (a native genre popular among the Muslim community) that was originally composed by Thalassery K Refeeque to the lyrics penned by PMA Jabbar. The song in the movie has been produced by music composer Shaan Rahman and actor-playback singer Vineeth Sreenivasan — the duo behind global hit song ‘Jimikki Kammal’. ‘Oru Adaar Love’, starring Siyadh Shajahan, Priya Prakash Varrier, and Noorin Shereef, is slated for release on March 1 this year.

The upcoming movie, written and directed by Omar Lulu, tells the story of plus two (Class 12) students and has newcomers in the cast. The first song of ‘Oru Adaar Love’ became viral on social media and got millions of views within few hours of its release because of Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier’s cute expressions, mischievous smile and wink. Overwhelmed with her instant stardom, Priya said “I do not know how to react. I did what I was asked to do and never expected it to be such a hit.” “Thank you for all the love,” Priya, who idolises Nayaantara, tweeted.

Modest in her stardom, Priya told the media that while she was roped in for a small part in the movie initially, she has come to know now that the film’s makers are considering doing some changes to the script so as to give her a more prominent role after all the publicity that she has got now. ‘Oru Adaar Love’ is a romantic Comedy and has Siyadh Shahjahan and Noorin Shereef sharing space with Priya.

Priya Prakash Varrier is a first-year student studying commerce at Vimala College in Thrissur, Kerala.

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