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Muslim Group Slap Viral Sensation Priya Varrier with Police Complaint

Following a police complaint, a case has been registered against viral song ‘Manikya Malarayi Poovi’ for allegedly hurting Muslim sentiments

Actor Priya Prakash Varrier, who became an overnight star after her song Manikya Malarayi Poovi went viral on social media last week, barely got time to bask in its glory. On Wednesday, a group of Muslim men filed a complaint against the Manikya Malarayi Poovi from the Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love at the Falaknuma Police Station in Hyderabad for it being hurtful towards Islamic sentiments and insults Prophet Mohammad.

Muqeeth Khan, one of the complainants, told reporters that in the song, while the young boy and girl are romancing, the name of the all pious Prophet was mentioned and there was also an “objectionable” reference to Prophet Muhammad’s wife.

Consequently, a case has been registered for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs, as told to reporters by Hyderabad police officer V Satyanarayana. “The police are meticulously investigating the case and appropriate action would be taken against the concerned as per the facts and law. We will be consulting Islamic clerics about the translation of the song,” he said.

The director, Omar Lulu too revealed that the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi means ‘a pearl flower that is very precious’ and is about the love story of Prophet Mohammad and his first wife. But he also clarified that the song is neither hurtful nor insulting to the Prophet or his wife, rather celebrates their love and is being appreciated by people all over the world. “The song written by CMA Jabbar is sung during marriages and every celebration in Malabar region of North Kerala. Malabar Muslims have been singing this song since 1978. If it was not objectionable then, how has it become objectionable now?” he said.

Meanwhile, the young actress (Varrier) declined to comment on the row over the song. “I don’t know much about it, I think I’d rather keep shut about it,” she said.

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