Priya Prakash Varrier became an internet sensation when a clip from her upcoming movie, Oru Addar Love was released, and she charmed the public so much that her name trended on twitter for two-three days, which is unprecedented for a newcomer who got famous just based on a 30 second screentime in a 3 minute clip. However, the song that featured in the clip, ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’, attracted the attention and ire from the muslim community, when people began objecting to its use in the clip, stating that its hurt their sentiments. The situation got worse, as a FIR was lodged against the actress, even though she is one of numerous actors who appear in the clip, and the director of the movie. Today the Supreme court stayed all criminal proceedings against her.
Priya, who is studying B.com from a college that is situated in Thrissur district of Kerala, had petitioned to the Supreme court to quash the FIR and any criminal action that could be taken against her based on the complaints.
The petiton by the actress said, “The present petition has been filed as a result of multiple criminal proceedings which have been instituted against the petitioners in the States of Telangana and Maharashtra. The complaint filed is against the song titled ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ which was released on Youtube as a song of the film. In Telangana, an FIR has already been registered against the Petitioner no.2. (director of the movie). The criminal complaints have been instituted by various fringe groups based on a distorted and incorrect interpretation of the song in the states of Telangana, Maharashtra and similar complaints are likely from other non-Malayalam speaking states as well.”
Even as the controversy is trying to mar her image, Priya has only gained more supporters. She has said that she’d like to work in Bollywood, but will firstly like to complete her education.