In a big relief for Oru Adaar Love actress Priya Prakash Varrier and director Omar Lulu, the Supreme Court, on Wednesday morning put stay on the FIR filed by a fringe group. In its complaint, the group had alleged that a song from the movie had insulted Islam. Two separate FIRs were registered by the Telangana and Maharashtra police at the behest of different groups claiming that the song had offended their religious sentiments. However, the 18-year-old actress got a huge relief after the Supreme Court decision.
Priya Prakash Varrier had become an overnight star after her wink from the upcoming film Oru Aadar Love had gone viral on the internet. However, a man from Hyderabad named Muqeeth Khan had alleged that the lyrics of the song insult Prophet Muhammad when translated to English and had filed a complaint against the makers of the movie. He had maintained that those who find the lyrics hurtful, have nothing against the actress.
Similar objections were raised by the controversial fringe group Raza Academy in Mumbai. In its letter to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), the academy had demanded the imposition of a ban on the song.
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However, amid this controversy, the actress Priya Prakash Varrier had approached the Supreme Court and had filed a plea against the case registered in Telangana saying that it is against Freedom of Speech and Expression. The filmmakers were seeking a stay on criminal proceedings against Varrier and the team of Oru Adaar Love which was granted by the apex court on Friday.
“The criminal complaints have been instituted by various fringe groups based on a distorted and incorrect interpretation of the song in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra and similar complaints are likely from other non-Malayalam speaking states as well,” Varrier had said in her plea filed through advocate Pallavi Pratap.
She said the entire controversy has resulted in the filing of several criminal complaints, while the FIR arises from the lyrics of the song, which is a Mappila song or a traditional number from the Malabar region of Kerala.