Fatwa Against Priya’s Viral Song


Hyderabad: Hyderabad-based Islamic seminary, Jamia Nizamia, has issued a fatwa against Priya Prakash Varrier’s viral Malayalam song Manikya Malaraya Poovi urging the authorities concerned to remove the song before releasing the film Oru Adaar Love.

The fatwa is issued against the backdrop of some youths lodging a complaint with the Falaknuma police that the song had hurt their religious sentiments. It may be mentioned that a case had already been registered under Section 295(A) of Indian Penal Code (deliberately hurting the religious sentiments of a class) against the film producer, based on a complaint by engineering student Muqeeth Khan and his friends.

The video features Priya as a school student giving a wink to a boy in her class room. A simple clip of her wink has shot her into the hearts of millions of viewers. Her nain-mattaka and latke-jhatke in merely 30 seconds of the video have instantly made her recipient of a crush of several boys across the country.

Police had registered a case against the director of the Malayalam film over a complaint that the lyrics of the song hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. The complainants alleged that the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi in the 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 by businessman Zaheer Ali Khan, engineering student Muqeeth Khan and others.