Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier has been the talk of the town ever since the song Manikya Malaraya Poovi from the upcoming film Oru Adaar Love was out.
Priya's famous wink has earned her nationwide fame and even celebrities shared her video clip from the song. She also gained a huge social media following and came close to beating Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylie Jenner's Instagram record.
Now recently, she has become the most searched celebrity on Google search engine and brushed aside sexy Sunny Leone. Besides Sunny, Priya has also pipped Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif on Google search.
The song where Priya is featured has drawn opposition from a fundamentalist group in Hyderabad. A complaint has been registered against Priya and the filmmakers for hurting Muslim sentiments.
Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan also openly supported Priya and the viral song, saying “intolerance, from any section of the society, is unacceptable”.
“The song and its visualization have led to a big controversy and debate. Some Muslim fundamentalists in Hyderabad have now filed a police complaint saying this Mappila pattu amounts to blasphemy. This is sheer intolerance against free thinking and artistic expressions,” TOI quoted Pinarayi as saying.
Meanwhile, Priya, Oru Adaar Love director Omar Lulu and Manikya Malaraya Poovi songwriters approached the Supreme Court on Monday against the police complaints filed against them.
In her petition, Priya claims the complaints filed against her deter the right to freedom of expression. Advocate Haris Beeran will represent Priya in the case in the apex court.
Speaking at a recent event, Priya said she is not scared and takes controversies and criticisms in a positive manner. The teenager added that she does not know more about the case filed in Hyderabad for hurting religious sentiments.
“I'm not afraid of people's intolerance. I won’t quit acting,” Priya said during her surprise visit to Kerala Lalithakala Academy's two-day cartoon camp at Thekkinkadu Maidan in Thrissur.