Supreme Court quashes FIR against actress Priya Varrier

Published: August 31, 2018 17:32:24 | Updated: September 02, 2018 10:14:51

India's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a case against Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier over a wink in a movie scene, which a Muslim group said was "blasphemous".

Priya Varrier is seen winking during a song in the video, which has gone viral viral on the internet in India this year.

The accusers complained about the use of a "sacred song" that refers to the Prophet Mohammed's wife and also said winking was forbidden in Islam, reports BBC.

The actress said that the complainants had "misunderstood" the song.

She petitioned the top court after police had registered a case filed by the group which demanded that the song be dropped from the film.

Chief Justice Dipak Mishra dismissed the case against Priya Varrier as well as the director and producer of the movie, saying: "Somebody in a film sings a song and you have no other job but to file a case."

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The complainants said: "The 30-second clip shows a schoolgirl and schoolboy exchanging smiles, eyebrows wiggle and winks."

Saying that winking was forbidden in Islam, they claimed that the action, coupled with a "sacred song", amounted to "an act of blasphemy".

When the song was released in February, it went viral and Ms Varrier was one of the most searched for Indian people on the internet.

The scene of her winking inspired a trove of memes on social media and users dubbed her the "national crush" of India.

The movie, Oru Adaar Love, is a Malayalam language film about teenage love and Ms Varrier plays the role of a student.

The film will be released in September as the case delayed its original release date.

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