A group of Muslim men has filed a complaint at the Falaknuma Police Station in Hyderabad against the song Manikya Malarayi Poovi from the Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love, CNN News18 reported on Wednesday. The video of the song featuring actor Priya Prakash Varrier has gone viral on social media.
Muqeeth Khan, one of the complainants, told Times Now that the video insults Prophet Mohammad. “After listening to the song, I went for the translation of the lyrics,” he said. “The translation is about our Prophet.”
Khan said a boy and girl were shown romancing while, in the background, the prophet’s name comes up. He added that he had filed a complaint in an attempt to exercise his freedom of speech. However, Khan said that he had nothing against the movie, the actor or the song itself.
“The police are meticulously investigating the case and appropriate action would be taken against the concerned as per the facts and law,” Hindustan Times quoted Hyderabad Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Zone) V Satyanarayana as saying.
Meanwhile, Varrier said she did not plan to wink when the song was being shot. “It was sudden, all the fame and popularity, I do not know how to react to it.”
Oru Adaar Love will come out in theatres on Eid at the end of June. The film’s director, Omar Lulu, told Scroll.in that Manikya Malaraya Poovi means “a pearl flower that is very precious”. He added that the song is about the love story of the Prophet Mohammad and his first wife.
“People around the country, or rather around the world, are loving it,” Lulu said. “But there has been some opposition from some old Muslims in the community. They feel that a love song that is about the Prophet Muhammad and his wife in a film is insulting to Islam. But these people are in a small minority.”
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Falaknuma) Syed Faiyaz had on Wednesday morning told ANI that a First Information Report had not been registered as the complainants were yet to submit video proof.
However, he later told PTI that the police had taken legal opinion and registered a case against Lulu for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. The police would consult some Islamic clerics about the translation of the song, he added. “We will proceed based on their opinion. If the song has really hurt sentiments, then definitely action will be initiated against those involved.”