On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the plea of Malayalam actor Priya Prakash Varrier and director Omar Lulu seeking the suppressing of an FIR against them over accusations that a song in their latest movie, Oru Adaar Love, offends the religious sentiments of Muslims. The plea will be voiced before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra for urgent hearing.
Expressing that the complaints were filed by “fringe elements” who misinterpreted the song’s lyrics, the petitioners have requested the court to direct a stay on every criminal proceeding coming out of the complaints against the song. The actor, who has already become a big social media sensation following the video clip from the movie went viral, moved the top court for an urgent hearing on Monday. The petition filed through advocate Haris Beeran and Pallavi Pratap said the claims that it hurt religious sentiments of the Muslim community are “without any basis and what is hard to fathom is that a song which has been in existence for the past 40 years, which was written, sung and cherished by the Muslim community in Kerala is now being treated as an insult to the Prophet and his wife”.
“The song describes and praises the love between Prophet Mohammad and his first wife Khadeeja. It should be important to note that the song is originally from an old folk song from Kerala which was written in 1978 by PMA Jabbar and first sung by Thalassery Rafeeq, in the praise of the Prophet and his wife Beevi Khadija,” the petition added. A complaint registered last week in Hyderabad claimed that a song from the movie shower Prophet Mohammad in poor light. It alleged that the lyrics of the song, Manikya Malaraya Poovi, convey derogatory references to the Prophet and his wife. An FIR was later filed against Varrier and the makers of the film in Telangana and Maharashtra.