Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Friday rebuked the complainants, who had approached the apex court alleging that the lyrics of Priya Prakash Varrier’s upcoming film Oru Adaar Love had hurt the sentiments of Muslims.
Giving a public dressing down, CJI Misra told the complainants counsel representing Muqeeth Khan and Zaheer Uddin Ali Khan, “Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case?”
One of the defendants said that he had no objection to the song being used in the film but he had a problem with how it had been picturised, said a report by India Today. The duo had first approached the Hyderabad Police, which accepted the complaint and filed a case against the 18-year-old actor..
The actress, who became a winking sensation after the song of her upcoming film was released in February this year.
The song had become incredibly popular on internet with millions of views on YouTube in just few days. Priya’s popularity too had soared as she amassed more than 5 million followers on Instagram within few weeks.
Priya had then approached the top court arguing that the song in fact praised the love between the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) and his first wife Khadeeja adding that the lyrics had been ‘misunderstood by the complainants.’ The apex court in February had stayed the criminal proceedings againstPriya Ptakash in relation to the song Manikya Malarayi Poovi.
Priya also added in her petition that the song was a part of the popular folklore in the Malabar region of Kerala. Her petition had said, “The song is a folk song and has been in existence for the last 40 years and cherished by the Muslim community of more than one crore in Kerala. The allegation that the song hurts sentiments of Muslims is baseless because there is no FIR in Kerala. People misunderstood the song in non-Malayalam-speaking states,” she says in the petition.”
Raza Academy, a Mumbai based Muslim organisation, too had written to Mumbai Police asking actions against the makers of viral Malayalam song featuring new teenage sensation Priya Prakash Varrier.