In the wake of protests against the song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi‘ featuring Priya Prakash Varrier, the controversial fringe group Raza Academy in Mumbai has written to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to impose a ban on the song, claim TV reports.
Also, recent reports suggest that the premier organization for Islamic laws, Darul Ifta Jamia Nizamia has issued a fatwa against the song and its lyrics. It is reported that the group from Hyderabad that had raised opposition against the lyrics, had also approached the Jamia Nizamia to impose a ban on the song.
The report claims that the fringe group has also demanded the censor board to block the videos online. It was reported on 14 February that a cleric in Hyderabad had issued a police complaint — that was later converted into an FIR — against the song, alleging that it hurts the sentiments of the Muslim community. The complaint further explained that the lyrics of the song, when translated into English, insult Prophet Mohammed.
However, the report, as well as the police complaint, bears no mention of Carrier. Even the cleric, Muqeeth Khan, maintained that they have no issues or grudges against the actor.
The song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ — from the film Oru Adair Love — became viral overnight and garnered millions of views in just two days of its release. Carrier, a Malayalam actress, shot to fame after a ten-second clip of hers in which she winks, went viral on social media.
The song is a typical love song which features school-going couples and budding romance. Sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan and remixed by Shaan Rahman is a revamped version of the original song composed by Thalassery K Refeeque and penned by PMA Jabbar.