TISSTalks and The Film Club present

August 6, 2008 at 6:29 pm 3 comments


Director: Ligy Pullappally

In The Journey, Ligy Pullappally presents a tale of two girls in a village, steeped in tradition in Kerala, whose childhood friendship turns into adolescent love. Kiran (Suhasini V. Nair) agrees to help a neighbor boy woo Delilah (Shrruiti Menon) by writing love letters for him to present to her as his own. Through these letters Kiran comes to terms with and expresses her own love for Delilah, who eventually discovers who the letters’ real author is.

The once supportive family structure fails Delilah, punishing her for flouting compulsory heterosexuality.

Pullappally wanted her film to be a counterpoint to the popular sport of pathologizing homosexuality in Indian films like Girlfriend, where the women choose each other out of love, as opposed to something to fall back on after they become disillusioned with heterosexual relationships (like Deepa Mehta’s Fire)


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sushanta  |  August 7, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    really a good movie,senstising

  • 2. Varun (HRM)  |  August 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I liked the movie, but a few questions remained unanswered..!!

    1st, Abt the end, was it supposed to be this way..open ended i.e left for the audience to make their own conclusion ?? What was that part where she drops bundles of hair into the stream and then starts walking towards the village ? Is it some metaphorical stuff which I could not decipher..spoke to my professor today and even she had no replies..!!

    But yes over all, it was a very nice, sensitive movie quite unlike Fire…and why are we even talking abt Girlfriend ? ( even the actresses admitted they did soft porn..!!)

  • 3. anonymous  |  August 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    honestly…the movie was not that great….it suffered from many biases and was relatively moderate in terms of how it approached the question of society’s opposition to the relationship between the two girls….but still it helped get the message across that it is not merely dissatisfaction with heterosexuality that drives people towards alternative types of behaviour but the fact that they are just wired that way….still the fact that such MOVIE was screened at all in college is a proud reminder of the fact that despite our inherent biases we are still willing to give some space to people who are different from our formal conception of how things should be…great work guys!!!


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