Though he said he was 'returning' the award, in effect he was declining the honour, saying he did not want the jury to face embarrassment and blamed 'vendetta' behind the decision.
The selection of Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu for the fifth ONV Literary Award will be re-examined.
Parvathy took to Instagram on Thursday and slammed the jury for disrespecting Kurup by selecting an "accused of sexual assault" as the winner.
Vairamuthu has been accused of alleged sexual misconduct by 17 women.
“The recipient is selected by the jury based on literary merit. One can’t check the character while giving an award and the basis of the award is purely literary work,” Adoor said.
The films, that always showed a love for the big 'twist' and were built on a labyrinthine plot structure, were often noted for their commentary on socio-political issues.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam songs released: AR Rahman's music gives more insight into Ethi and Varadan's lives
As the audio launch of Chekka Chivantha Vaanam takes place in Chennai on Wednesday evening, the makers have uploaded two singles from the upcoming Mani Ratnam film.