Priya Varrier Gets Relief As Top Court Freezes Cases Against Her Over Song

The song "Manikya Malaraya Poovi" from Priya Prakash Varrier's Malayalam movie "Oru Addar Love" has run into controversy. Cases against it were filed in Telangana and Maharashtra

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FIRs against Priya Prakash Varrier were filed in Telangana and Maharashtra

New Delhi:  Malayalam teen actor Actor Priya Prakash Varrier -- who charmed the country with her wink -- got relief from the Supreme Court today, which put on hold all police cases against her over a song in her upcoming film. Ms Varrier's lawyer Harris Beeran said the top court has said that no case to be filed in any state based on this song. The court, he said, has also issued notices to the states of Telangana and Maharashtra, where the cases were filed.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud also extended relief to the director of the Malayalam movie "Oru Addar Love", who had also been named in the complaints.

The song "Manikya Malaraya Poovi" has run into controversy and the Hyderabad police filed a case against the actor last week following a complaint from a group of young men. The men said the song has a reference to the wife of Prophet Muhammad, which they find objectionable. A Hyderabad-based Islamic seminary issued fatwa against the song and demanded that it be removed from the film. Another case was filed subsequently in Maharashtra.

The police cases accused the actor and the director of deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings.

On Monday, Ms Varrier appealed to the Supreme Court against the First Information Report. In the petition, the 18-year-old said the song is a traditional one sung by Muslims in north Kerala's Malabar region. It describes and praises the love between the Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadeeja and "this has been misunderstood by the complainants" her petition said.

Admitting that they have been "baffled" by the complaints, Mr Beeran said it was likely that the people in Hyderabad read an English version and the song's meaning might have been literally "lost in the translation".

Ms Varrier shot to fame earlier this month with a wink and a smile after a promotional video clip from the film won hearts on social media.

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