What’s this song and dance over a wink of  Priya Prakash Varrier  in 'Oru Adaar Love' ? It’s all in the mind of the audience

Recently, a wink caught the eye of the nation and a teenager was forced to drag the matter to the highest court in the land after a complaint was filed against her over the gesture.

Published: 25th February 2018 12:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2018 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Recently, a wink caught the eye of the nation and a teenager was forced to drag the matter to the highest court in the land after a complaint was filed against her over the gesture. Malayalam actress Priya Prakash Varrier became an overnight sensation after a video clip of a song from her upcoming movie Oru Adaar Love, in which she can be seen winking flirtatiously went insanely viral and prompted a tidal wave of memes. However, soon the young star found herself in the eye of the storm, after a section of Muslims lodged FIRs against her and the film-maker for hurting religious sentiments. Some Muslims believe that the song was sung by the Prophet to profess his love for his first wife.So, what is in a wink and how can it offend someone?

According to psychologists, the context and culture of a place must be taken into account before coming to any conclusions on the gesture. “Culturally winking is not taken negatively in the West while it is objectionable in the Middle East,” Dr Shivani Misra Sadhoo, a Delhi-based psychologist told The Sunday Standard.

Speaking of the psychology behind winking, Shivani said that interpretation of the gesture is solely dependent on the situation.“Winking can denote that two people are just having fun. It may also be a sign of two friends communicating. And yes, there also is a flirtatious connotation to it,” she said.
Dr Prabha Chandra, a psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, had a slightly different view.

“Like beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, the interpretation of the wink is only in the mind of the audience. That the song offended a certain section of society is natural. That’s their mental make-up. Moreover, every gesture is interpreted in a different way by different people. For instance, a person can find a smile genuine while another can find the same smile fake. It’s the same with winking,” she said, adding that as she had not seen the video clip of the song, she could not comment.

Both however, were on the same page in saying that scientifically a small gesture like a flirtatious wink cannot cause hormonal stimulation. “It may be a signal but it cannot definitely stimulate the body in any way. So, if people contend that the wink is a sign of sexual advance, it is wrong,” Dr Prabha said, adding that the girl may have done it as a part of the script.


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