18-year-old Indian teenager, Priya Prakash Varrier who winked briefly in a video clip that features the song “Manikya Malaraya Pooviher” from her debut film ‘Oru Adaar Love’, gained over 1.3 million followers in one day with the wink and also became most searched on Google.
The song video broke the internet within a few hours of its release on YouTube, and garnered over 8.8 million views in less than 4 days with the video and its star getting the attention and hearts of hundreds of thousands.
According to a NewsX report, the Indian teenager who is a Malayalam actress, model and also a first-year B.Com student at Vimala college in Thrissur, became the most searched person on Google for a brief duration.
In her film debut in the music video which depicts a quintessential high-school romance as a boy and a girl exchange flirtatious glances, Priya’s expressions and playful wink catapulted her to overnight stardom and dubbed her as a “national crush”.
Priya who couldn’t hide her surprise as she joined Twitter, tweeted; “Can’t believe this.”
However Priya’s family members are not happy with her overnight fame,as they questioned how she is going to cope with her studies. Her mother Preetha who spoke to TNM on phone said;
“Priya has gone to the hostel,” then immediately prepared to hang up. She later opened up, saying that the instant fame has left them stymied.
“The director has told us strictly not to give any interviews,” she says. “He has said she’s to give interviews only after the film releases. The film has just started and they’ve shot only a little bit. I’ve sent her to the hostel because of all this noise.”
“We never expected this to happen,” Preetha adds. “We never thought much about it. She had a desire and so we took her to an audition. She’d gone for another audition last year called by the same team, when she was a Class XII student and they’d selected her for that film as well – but the shooting was during the board exams. So she couldn’t go for it. They’d said then itself that she should come the next time there’s a casting call.
It is very difficult. But what can we do? We can’t make anyone hate us by objecting. It will be seen differently.”