Quashing FIR against 'winking-sensation' Priya Varrier, SC questions petitioner's joblessness
"Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case," were CJI Dipak Misra's stern words as a Supreme Court bench quashed FIR against actress Priya Prakash Varrier on Friday. Priya, whose wink in movie 'Oru Adaar Love' made her an Internet sensation, allegedly hurt religious sentiments. But the top court clarified the case was futile.
The wink, which captivated the nation, troubled a few
Earlier this year, a clip from the song 'Manika Malaraya Poovi' from the aforementioned movie went viral, which made Priya darling of the nation. But her wink ruffled some feathers and the song was termed blasphemous. Notably, two Hyderabad-based parties approached the SC against Priya, movie producer Joseph Valakuzhy Eapen and director Omar Abdul Wahab, saying winking was forbidden in Islam.
It's a wrinkle on face of Muslims, said plea
"The 30-second clip shows a young schoolgirl and a schoolboy exchanging smiles, eyebrows wiggles and winks from across the way. It has completely captivated audiences but with a wrinkle on the face of religious Muslims," the plea reads.
Petitioner claims song intended to hurt sentiments, court says no
The FIR against Priya and the filmmakers claimed the song was intended to hurt religious sentiments, but the court maintained otherwise. After the FIR, the teen actress had approached the SC about it. "The song describes and praises love between Prophet Mohammed and his first wife Khadeeja and this has been misunderstood by the complainants," her petition read. Wink all you want now, Priya!