Case against director on viral Malayalam song 'hurting sentiments'

Feb 15, 2018, 08:26 IST | Agencies

Police yesterday registered a case against the director of a forthcoming Malayalam film over a complaint that the lyrics of a song in 'Oru Adaar Love' hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims

Pic Courtesy/ YouTube
Pic Courtesy/ YouTube

Police yesterday registered a case against the director of a forthcoming Malayalam film over a complaint that the lyrics of a song in 'Oru Adaar Love' hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. The complainants alleged that the song 'Manikya Malaraya poovi' in the Malyalam film written and directed by Omar Lulu had an "objectionable" reference to Prophet Muhammad's wife.

The complaint was filed at the Falaknuma police station here by businessman Zaheer Ali Khan, engineering student Muqeeth Khan and others. Zaheer Khan alleged that the song's lyrics hurt the sentiments of Muslims and demanded that either the song be removed from the film or its words be changed.

A clip from the song, featuring actor Priya Prakash Varrier, has gone viral on social media sites. The complainants, however, said they had not mentioned the actor's name in their representation before the police. "We don't have any objection with the actors," Zaheer Khan said.

"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," Assistant Commissioner of Police (Falaknuma division) Syed Fayaz said. As part of their investigation, the police will take the opinion of some Islamic clerics on this after getting a translation of the song, he said.

14 mn
No. of times the official Manikya Malaraya Poovi clip has been watched on YouTube

2.8 mn
No. of followers Priya's Instagram account has now

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