Priya Prakash Varrier, a young Malayalam actress, had become an India wide sensation almost overnight with her seductive wink in a song from an upcoming movie. But that had not gone down well with some male groups who had lodged a complaint against the young actress with the Hyderabad Police, who then registered a case based on the complaint.
The Supreme Court cancelled a police case against her over a song in her upcoming movie “Oru Adaar Love”, a report said.
Priya was accused by complainants Muqeeth Khan, Zaheer Uddin and Ali Khan of hurting sentiment with her wink in a popular song from the movie, the report said.
“Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case,” Supreme Court Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said pulling up the complainant.
The Hyderabad Police had filed a case and had listed the charge as a “deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings.”
The court ruled that these charges did not apply to the 18-year-old actress and cancelled the case. The top court also cancelled the FIR against the director and producer of the movie, the report said.
The young actress had petitioned the top court saying the song praises the love between the Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadeeja and “has been misunderstood by the complainants”. She had also said it was a traditional song sung by Muslims in north Kerala’s Malabar region.
When the complainant argued in Supreme Court that winking not permitted in Islam, the Chief Justice said: “It’s only a song!”