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Directed by Ligy J. Pullappally
Produced by Ligy J. Pullappally
Written by Ligy J. Pullappally
Starring Suhasini V. Nair
Shrruiti Menon
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Distributed by Wolfe Video
Running time 107 min.
Language Malayalam

Sancharram (English: The Journey) (2004) is a Malayalam feature-film written, directed and produced by Ligy J. Pullappally, inspired both by her short film Uli and a true story of two lesbian lovers in the South India state of Kerala.

The film follows two young friends, Kiran (Suhasini V. Nair), a Hindu, and Delilah (Shrruiti Menon), a Catholic, from their first meeting as young children to young adulthood, when they realize that they have a lifelong (lesbian) love for each other.

At first, Kiran is asked to write love letters to Delilah for Rajan (Syam Seethal) a teenage boy who also has a long-standing crush on Delilah. Kiran does so as it allows her to express her love to Delilah without having to be ostracized by her family, friends and culture. Eventually Delilah discovers the truth behind the letters and poetry, and admits her mutual love to Kiran. The begin a delicate love affair despite social taboos against homosexuality.

Their blossoming love affair is dampened severely when Rajan discovers Kiran and Delilah stealing a moment of intimacy in the jungle. He proceeds to inform Amma (K. P. A. C. Lalitha), Delilah's mother, of what he (briefly) witnessed. Amma confronts Delilah, who reveals her love for Kiran. In response, Amma arranged Delilah's marriage with a suitor who recently visited intent on seeking a bride. Delilah reluctantly consents to the marriage.

Sancharram has been compared to Deepa Mehta's Fire, a movie which also touches upon lesbian relationships in India. However, where Fire is explicit in stating that the main characters enter their relationship due to the failure of their heterosexual marriages, Sancharram is clearly a film about two lesbians who fall in love with each other.

Main cast

(in credited order)

  • Suhasini V. Nair .... Kiran
  • Shrruiti Menon .... Delilah
  • K. P. A. C. Lalitha .... Amma
  • Valsala Menon .... Ammachi
  • Syam Seethal .... Rajan

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