Facing a case in Telangana over lyrics of a song in his upcoming film, its Director Omar Lulu today claimed the song had no objectionable reference and said Muslims in a part of Kerala had been singing it for over four decades.
"The song written by C M A Jabbar is sung during marriages and every celebration in Malabar region of North Kerala. Malabar Muslims have been singing this song since 1978. If it was not objectionable then, how has it become objectionable now?" Lulu asked.
He told PTI that it was for the censor board to take a final call on the matter.
"We have changed only its music and not the lyrics', he said.
Earlier in the day, Hyderabad police registered a case on a complaint that the lyrics of the teaser song 'Mani Manikya Malaraya poovi, in the film allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims.
The complainants alleged that the song in the film had an "objectionable" reference to Prophet Muhammad's wife.
The 18-year-old actor, whose wink and smile in the teaser, catapulted her to national fame,said she wants to be known as a good actor, rather than as a 'wink queen'.
A B.Com student and a classical dancer from Thrissur, the actor said she would like to continue acting along with her studies and singing.
Being a dancer had helped her in giving the expressions in the teaser, now being admired, she said.
'Oru Adaar Love' is a romantic comedy and has Siyadh Shahjahan and Noorin Shereef sharing space with Priya.
The film is expected to be released by June end.
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