Mumbai: Priya Prakash Varrier took to her Instagram to welcome Supreme Court’s decision to stay the criminal proceedings against her and director Omar Lulu over the viral video from the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi in upcoming Malayalam film Oru Adaar Love.
Varrier and Lulu had approached the apex court after multiple criminal proceedings were filed against them in the states of Telangana and Maharashtra against the song titled Manikya Malaraya Poovi which was released on YouTube as the teaser song of the film.
It was alleged that the song was "offensive and violated the religious sentiment of a particular community".
Priya posted a note thanking, the Supreme Court for its decision and all her fans/well-wishers for the love and support. Take a look at it here:
Here’s what transformed Priya’s life – The short clip from the song sung by Vineeth Sreenivasan and composed by Shaan Rahman became a rage but it was Priya who stole the show. In the video, we can see Priya making adorable expressions and winking to grab her crush’s attention. Her adorable expressions and wink stole a millions hearts. Thus Priya became a star overnight. Besides fame, Priya has also experienced the "side-effects" of being a celebrity.
The film's director said the verdict was a "big relief."
"We are very excited.. Soon after the song went viral the entire team was celebrating when this news of filing of cases against us came.. The artistes who are all very young were highly tensed," Lulu told PTI.
The shooting of the film was held up for re-writing the script to give Varrier more prominence in the wake of her massive fan following in the social media.
It will commence in the first week of March at Kochi, the director said, adding that only 20 per cent of the shooting had been completed.
"Priya had been called to do a small role which she did well and we decided to re-schedule her role. Now, there are five heroes and five heroines.. The script and climax has been changed giving her more prominence," he said.
Varrier, a B.Com student hailing from Thrissur in Kerala, had sought quashing of the FIR lodged against her in Telangana and also wanted the apex court's direction to prohibit states from initiating any criminal proceedings against her.
(With PTI inputs)