NEWS DESK: There can be no denying that the Manikya Malaraya Poovi number from Oru Adaar Love has made young actor Priya Varrier an overnight sensation. The young star became the ‘national crush’ of India and was equally admired in neighboring countries such as Pakistan.
While she has her admirers – some of whom have sent her romantic proposals – she has also found herself in trouble because of the viral song. On Wednesday, a Hyderabad-based youth filed a complaint against the actor and the makers of the number for ‘hurting religious sentiments’. According to him, the number spoke about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in a demeaning way.
According to Pinkvilla, Priya has spoken out on the supposed controversy. Speaking to an Indian TV channel, she said that the song in question is not a romantic number but comes across as one as it is quite soothing. “It is not a romantic song,” she said. “It is usually sung at Muslim occasions. It is not a totally romantic song but being as soothing as it is, it makes it romantic.”
The Manikya Malaraya Poovi song has been composed by Thalassery K Refeeque and recreated by top composer Shaan Rahman. Vineeth Sreenivasan has sung the song. The video revolves around two lovers and is set in a college/school setting, in which the lovebirds can be seen exchanging shy glances at each other. The highlight of the video is clearly Priya’s wink.
Talking about her sudden popularity, she had said that it was something totally unexpected. “I am very happy. Don’t know how to handle so much love. It’s completely surreal. I’m falling short of words trying to express myself. Never expected this,” she had added.
Oru Adaar Love has been directed by Omar Lulu and will hit screens soon.
Story first published: 15th February 2018