Fringe guns for Net sensation ‘winking girl’by Opinion Express February 15, 2018 0 comments
Prophet, his wife, insulted in lyrics, say radicals, slap case.
Malyalam film Oru Adaar Love whose clip of a “winking girl” Priya Prakash Varrier caught the imagination of the young generation across the country, has landed in a controversy in Hyderabad as the city police have registered a case against its director for hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims.
The case under Section of 295 A of the Indian Penal Code was lodged at the Falaknuma police station on the complaint of a group of local Muslim youngsters. The complainants have demanded a ban on the under production film alleging that the lyrics of a song of the film refers to the Prophet Mohammed and wife Bibi Khadeeja. The Malyalam film was in the news ever since a clip of the film of a schoolgirl and a boy making romantic gestures including a wink by the girl as the song is played in the background.
“We are carefully investigating the case as it is a sensitive matter and appropriate action will be taken on the basis of the report’: said Syed Fayyaz, the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Falaknuma division. A small clip of the video featuring 18-year-old actor Priya Prakash Varrier has been a huge trend not only in India, but in neighboring Pakistan and Egypt also. The scene from the film clip has gone viral on the social media and nearly five million have watched it so far.
One of the complainants said that they got the Malyalam song translated and got it confirmed that the song has mention of the prophet. “This is blasphemy as it mentions the name of Prophet and his wife’: he said. However the case did not refer to the young actress Priya who overnight became a sensation across the country. According to the Malyalam film industry sources, the song “Manikya Malaraya Poovi” was based on a Malyalam folk song. Oru Adaar Love will release on Eid this June.
Director of the movie, Ornar Lulu, said there was no reason for controversy around the song. “The original track is a traditional song from 1970s that has been sung and enjoyed by people,” the director said, adding that there are many versions of this song and composer Shaan Rehman recreated it for the film. “There is no need for controversies. This is a an old song and we have not changed anything, but rearranged the music. The song speaks about expressing love without any restrictions, and that is what we want to tell in the film:’ Also, he said neither he nor his team have received any notice so far and will take action if and when that happens. “We do not want to give this too much attention;’ he said.
Omer Farooq: The Pioneer www.dailypioneer.com