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Priya Prakash Varrier was inundated with Valentine’s Day date requests. Here’s how she handled them

Her wink sent the entire nation tripping. Now, Priya Prakash Varrier says she was inundated with Valentine’s Day requests. Read to know how she handled them.

regional movies Updated: Feb 16, 2018 14:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Priya Prakash Varrier, the girl with the most infectious wink.

Internet is a funny beast -- if trolls can make life a nightmare for netizens, the wired world’s ability to turn someone into an overnight sensation is equally baffling. No one knows it better than Priya Prakash Varrier, the wonder girl from the viral song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the upcoming Malayalam film, Oru Adaar Love.

Her wink sent the entire nation tripping. Who would have thought a spontaneous (and innocuous) wink would create such a flutter in so many hearts! Priya has also been inundated with Valentine’s Day requests.

Taking to Twitter, the young actor declared how she had got loads of request for Valentine’s Day but chose to remain single that day.

Sharing a picture of herself in a bright blue dress and biting into a chips packet, she wrote: “So many Valentines requests but I’m staying #SingleAsAPringle”.

Priya is, of course, very happy with all the attention she is getting. However, she doesn’t want to be remembered as the ‘wink queen’ alone. She also has Bollywood dreams and admires Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shah Rukh Khan.

“I would like to be known as a good actor rather than being known as the wink queen. This is a new feeling. But I am happy. The song has received good response. Our director told us that the 30-second shot should be a memorable one and we followed his vision. I never expected that it would become such a big hit. It is a school-centric film. We are discussing love, crushes and friendship. Love in the time of schooling is the theme of the film,” she said.

In the viral number, the actor and her co-star Roshan Abdul Rahoof are seen doing a see-saw with their eyebrows before Varrier surprises him with a wink and a flirtatious smile. Varrier credits Roshan for creating the moment by tweaking his eyebrows first.

The actor, whose father is a Central Excise officer and mother a homemaker, says acting was her dream and would like to balance it with her studies. “Coming to films was a big dream of mine. But I never thought that from a single scene and a single movie, I will get recognised so much. It was all unexpected.”

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She added, “I like Deepika Padukone very much. I would like to work with her. I want to work in Bollywood films and earn fame,” she told television channels. Her instant fame has led to many new offers and the actor says she is open to working in any industry, if she gets meaty roles.

While Priya has got a lot of love and admiration from across the world, the clip has been caught in a controversy too. Fringe Muslim groups have taken umbrage at the fact that a folk song, popular among Muslims in North Kerala and one that celebrates the love between Prophet Mohammad and his wife Khadeeja, has been used for entertainment.

A Hyderabad-based Islamic seminary on Thursday issued a fatwa seeking the removal of a controversial song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from Oru Adaar Love before its release.

In its fatwa, Darul Ifta Jamia Nizamia from Shibli Gunj in the Old City took exception to the song’s “objectionable references” to a love story between Prophet Mohammad and his wife, Khadeeja, in Mecca. It asked the filmmakers to release the film only after removing the song.

Meanwhile, Mumbai-based Raza Academy too has asked Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to remove the controversial song from the film.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published: Feb 16, 2018 14:01 IST