Indian court asked to rule on ‘blasphemous’ movie song
On Sunday it was wanking. Today winking.
In February Pakistan’s Daily Times reported on how Priya Prakash Varrier had become an overnight sensation after she posted a video clip on Instagram, showing her winking at a young man.
The scene is from a song in movie – Oru Adaar Love – and the video went viral. Her Instagram follower count shot up to over 1.5 million in just one day, and now stands at over 13 million. The clip on YouTube has had over 62 million views.
It is rumoured that her popularity has earned her a role in another film – even though her first is yet to be released.
But becoming a darling of Instagram followers and YouTube comes at a price, and now Varrier stands accused of “blasphemy”.
According to this report, in India two Hyderabad residents have approached the Supreme Court seeking a order to remove the song, “Manikya Malaraaya Poovi” because winking is “blasphemous” in Islam and several Muslim groups had expressed anger over the clip, claiming it hurts Muslim sentiments.
In their application, the petitioners said “objectionable scenes” had been superimposed with lyrics of the song that was originally written in praise of Prophet Mohammed and his wife Khadeeja Beevi.
The applicants said:
The 30-second clip shows a schoolgirl and schoolboy exchanging smiles, eyebrows wiggles and winks from across the way … Winking itself is forbidden in Islam and in a case where the act of winking is superimposed with a sacred song, written in the praise of Prophet Mohammed and his first wife … the same act becomes an act of blasphemy.
Picturisation of the present song is a deliberate attempt to malign the image of Islam. The present song is intended to outrage the religious feelings and beliefs of the Muslim community.
One of the applicants had earlier filed a complaint following which a FIR (first information report) was registered against film director Omar Lulu in Telangana.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn