Desatanakkili Karayarilla

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Desatanakkili Karayarilla
Desatanakkili Karayarilla Poster.jpg
theatrical poster
Directed by Padmarajan[1]
Written by Padmarajan
Starring Mohanlal
Music by Raveendran
Cinematography Venu
Edited by B. Lenin
Distributed by Dinny Films
Release date
  • 17 March 1986 (1986-03-17)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Desatanakkili Karayarilla (English: The Migratory Bird Never Cries) is a 1986 Malayalam film written and directed by Padmarajan.[1] It stars Mohanlal, Karthika, Shari and Urvashi in pivotal roles.[2][3][4][5] The film tells the story of two school girls who eloped while on a school trip. It was critically well acclaimed, being one of the first Indian films that talked about womance.


Two young girls elope while on a school trip to teach their class teacher a lesson. On their way they are befriended by a stranger towards whom one of them begins to develop feelings. The plot develops the relationship between the two girls and their connection to the mysterious stranger.

Critical Analysis[edit]

A completely out of the box movie that made those with brains think and those with hearts smile. It was undoubtedly a box office hit when it released back in the mid-eighties, viewers accepting the wonderfully nuanced film for whatever they thought it stood for.


  • Mohanlal as Harisankar
  • Karthika as Nirmala
  • Shari as Sally
  • Urvashi as Devika
  • Jalaja
  • Jagathi N.K. Achari
  • Subramaniam
  • Latheef
  • Vembayam Thampi
  • Poojappura Radhakrishnan
  • Dev
  • Noor Jehan
  • Mudavanmugal Krishnankutty
  • Kunjumol
  • Rajam K. Nair
  • Omanayamma
  • K. R. Savithri
  • Shanthi
  • Thara


The music was composed by Raveendran and lyrics was written by ONV Kurup.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Poo veno poo KS Chithra ONV Kurup
2 Vaanampaadi etho K. J. Yesudas ONV Kurup


  • The Film was distributed by Dinny Films.
  • Though the film is not structured as a thriller, the mystery element in most of the story was highly acclaimed. It garnered very positive reviews from viewers as well as critics. Especially the introduction scene of Harishankar, where the character brings in a clear feeling of distrust for Sally and a very clear romantic feeling for Nirmala is notable for the air of mystery around Harishankar. Through the narrative, Padmarajan brings in a connection between Devika and Harishankar which eventually leads to the suicide of the girls. The feeling Sally has for Nirmala is also described beautifully. The willful and disobedient Sally was ready to bend her decisions and views only for Nirmala. Though Nirmala decided to go back against her wishes, Sally never left Nirmala's side and was ready to be with her for ever.


  1. ^ a b "List of Malayalam films released during the year 1986". prd: PRD, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Desatanakkili Karayarilla". Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  3. ^ "Deshadanakkili Karayaarilla". Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  4. ^ "Deshadanakkili Karayaarilla". Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  5. ^ "Deshadanakkili Karayaarilla". Retrieved 2014-10-22. 

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