Jeddah: The song ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ from the forthcoming movie Oru Adaar Love directed by Omar Lulu has taken the Internet by storm. The super hit Mapilapattu has lately been embroiled in a controversy with certain sections calling for a ban on the song, alleging that the lyrics hurt religious sentiments.
Even as the song is hogging headlines, PMA Jabbar Karupadanna, the man who penned this Mappila song almost four decades ago, says that the present controversies don’t bother him at all. Jabbar who has been working at a grocery store in Riyadh is of the opinion that he is not someone who could comment whether the song hurts religious sentiments or not.
Jabbar wrote ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’ at the age of twenty as a young Madrassa instructor. It was his friend and renowned Mapilapattu singer Rafeeq Thalasserry who sang this song for the first time, and was then sung by many other singers down the years.
Jabbar says that Rafeeq had informed him about his song being revisited by Shaan Rahman for the movie, and his relationship with the Malayalam movie Oru Adaar Love ends there. He added that he has no qualms about the way his song has been remixed for the movie.
“If a song is sung on a stage and someone among the audience behaves weirdly, then how can you blame that particular song, its singer or composer for it?” asks Jabbar. “If someone has a problem with the scenes shown in the song 'Manikya Malaraya Poovi', then I think they should ignore it, taking account a similar situation,” added the lyricist.
Jabbar says that he did not ask the makers about the scenes nor did they explain it when they sought his permission to use his song in the movie. He added that he did not find anything objectionable in the scenes when he later watched the song on social media and television. He is affirmative that there is nothing in the song or the scenes that would hurt Islam. Jabbar said, “Shaan Rahman called me once after the song became a huge hit, but I couldn’t pick up the phone. No one else contacted me over the song after that.”
Even though he is far away from his homeland working hard to make a living, PMA Jabbar still nourishes his creative musings and continues to write beautiful songs.