Internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier who is starring in upcoming movie Oru Adaar Love moved to Supreme Court seeking to quash the cases filed against a song in the film that has gone viral on social media.
In their petition, they said the case violated their freedom of speech and expression and right to life and liberty.
The petition also said the original song had been part of local culture in Kerala since the 1970s, without any controversy. It said a song that had been "cherished by more than 1 crore Muslims" in Kerala cannot "suddenly offend" their sentiments.
On February 14, a group of Muslim youth from Hyderabad on Wednesday filed a complaint at Falaknuma Police Station against internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier and the makers of the song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi' from 'Oru Adaar Love' for allegedly hurting their sentiments. It is being alleged that the lyrics of the song, Manikya Malaraya Poovi, carry derogatory references to the Prophet and his wife.
Last week, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan defended the song and stated that the complaint against it is "not accidental", and shows the growing intolerance towards freedom of art and free thought. Intolerance will not be allowed, be it from any quarter, he posted on Facebook.
Composed by Shaan Rahman, the video resonated with many and filled the hearts of people with nostalgia of high school romance.
With her cute articulations and million-dollar grin, Priya's performance has earned more than 1 million views, 50,000+ likes within the initial 20 hours of the melody upload on YouTube. Oru Adaar Love is directed by Omar Lulu, who shot to fame with the 2016 surprise hit Happy Wedding.
OneIndia News (with PTI inputs)