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Geethu Mohandas, Anjali Menon oppose decision to confer ONV award on Vairamuthu

The Tamil lyricist was accused of sexual harassment by 17 women, including singer and dubbing artiste Chinmayi Sripaada, at the height of the #MeToo movement in India.

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Filmmakers Anjali Menon and Geethu Mohandas have condemned the decision to confer the prestigious ONV award on Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu, who was accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour and harassment by 17 women at the height of the #MeToo movement in India.

Actress Parvathy also took to Instagram on Thursday to slam the jury of the ONV Literary Award for honouring the lyricist, who will incidentally be the first non-Malayalam writer to win the award.

While Vairamuthu has denied the allegations, no inquiry has been made into them yet.

Referring to legendary Malayalam poet ONV Kurup, in whose memory the prize has been instituted, Anjali flayed the ONV Academy on Twitter for choosing Vairamuthu for the award.

Filmmakers Leena Manimekalai and Geethu Mohandas were also vocal about their disappointment with the jury.

Vocalist TM Krishna was also among the artistes who objected to Vairamuthu's nomination. 

The lyricist is currently involved in some of the biggest projects in the Tamil film industry, including Mani Ratnam's upcoming series Ponniyin Selvan.

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