New Delhi: In a big relief for Malayalam film actor Priya Prakash Varrier, the Supreme Court dismissed the case against her over a song in her film. The complainants had alleged that the song featuring Varrier had a reference to the wife of Prophet Mohammad. (Also read: SC to Resume Hearing in Art 35A From Jan 19)
The Hyderabad police had filed a case against the 18-year-old actor based on the complaint from a group of young men. “Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case,” Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said, pulling up the Telangana government.
The top court cancelled the FIR against the Malayalam actor as well as the director and producer of the movie “Oru Adaar Love”. The actor and the director were accused of deliberately hurting religious sentiments. The petitioner said that he had no objection to the song being used in the film but had a problem with how it was picturised. The Supreme Court reportedly cited the rulings made in the cases filed against movie Padmaavat and the biopic on the life of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Varrier had appealed to the Supreme Court against the FIR. The song, called Manikya Malaraya Poovi, is the recreation of a famous Muslim folk song. In her petition, Varrier said the complaints were based on a distorted interpretation of the song in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra and other non-Malayalam-speaking states.
“It is submitted that a song, which has existed for more than 40 years and which has been cherished by more than 1 Crore Muslim population of Kerala cannot suddenly offend the religious sentiment of the Muslim Community.”, they had written in their petition. In February, the Supreme Court had put on hold all police cases against her.