TISSTalks and The Film Club present
SANCHARRAM : THE JOURNEY
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)
August 7, 2008