The cute wink of Priya Prakash Varrier, the 18-year-old Malayalam actor, in the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from her upcoming film Oru Adaar Love has become a huge sensation on social media. Tagged as the new ‘expression queen’, Priya will soon be making her debut in the film that celebrates romance among school students.
The new actor became an overnight star even before the release of the film as her Instagram followers crossed one million, and are still rising every minute. The 18-year-old even became one of the most searched-for Indian people on Google for a short period after her video went viral.
Social media users can’t stop making memes of Varrier’s impish smile and wink and photoshopping or editing it with images and videos of people as diverse as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Katrina Kaif and Virat Kohli to make it comical.
Priya is a B Com student at Thrissur’s Vimala College. She is a trained classical dancer and she can also be seen dressed in the Mohiniyattam costume in some Instagram photos.
After getting all the attention on social media suddenly, Priya says she is overwhelmed by all the love. “I am very happy. Don’t know how to handle so much love. It’s completely surreal,” said Priya.
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However, it seems some sections of the society were not amazed after looking at her expressions as an FIR has been registered against Omar Lulu, the director of Oru Adaar Love over the lyrics of the song. The complainants, Zaheer Ali Khan, Muqeeth Khan, residents of Falaknuma in Hyderabad, alleged that song when translated to English, hurts the sentiments of Muslims as it makes derogatory references to the Prophet. They have demanded that either the song should be removed from the film or the lyrics should be changed.
Also starring Siyadh Shajahan and Noorin Shereef, Oru Adaar Love is set to release on March 1 this year.