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Protests against Priya Varrier song get shriller, now Raza Academy wants Manikya Malaraya Poovi removed

Raza Academy has alleged that the song starring Priya Prakash Varrier and Roshan Abdul Rahoof insults Prophet Mohammad and his wife Khadeeja Bibi.

regional movies Updated: Feb 15, 2018 15:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Raza Academy,Priya Prakash Varrier,Central Board of Film Certification
Priya Prakash Varrier in a still from the teaser of Oru Adaar Love, which released on Wednesday.

After Padmaavat, now it is the turn on another film to face the ire of a fringe organisation. Mumbai-based Raza Academy has asked Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to remove the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the upcoming Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love, which stars internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier, reports News 18. Their comments come a day after an FIR was lodged in Hyderabad against the song.

The academy has alleged that the said song insults Prophet Mohammad and his wife Khadeeja Bibi. They have urged the makers of the film to immediately remove the song as it would hurt the sentiments of Muslims across the world.

News18 quoted Muhammad Saeed Noori, founder and president of Raza Academy as saying, “The lyrics of the song are of a Malayalam folk song which is only sung during the events of Muslims, using it in movies or any form of entertainment is against the Islamic laws.”

He further said that “if the song is not removed from the film then the members of Raza academy will protest nationwide”.

On Wednesday, police in Hyderabad filed a case against the makers under section 295A of Indian Penal Code (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs), Hyderabad’s deputy commissioner of police (south zone) V Satyanarayana said.

“The police are meticulously investigating the case and appropriate action would be taken against the concerned as per the facts and law,” the DCP said.

Omar Lulu directed Oru Adaar Love song is centred around school life and, in one of its many sequences, shows two students, a girl and a boy, expressing their affection for each other and also their friendship.

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First Published: Feb 15, 2018 14:43 IST