Desatanakkili Karayarilla

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Desatanakkili Karayarilla
Desatanakkili Karayarilla Poster.jpg
theatrical poster
Directed byPadmarajan[1]
Written byPadmarajan
Music byRaveendran
Edited byB. Lenin
Distributed byDinny Films
Release date
  • 17 March 1986 (1986-03-17)

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 from a boarding school decide to elope while on a school picnic. They believe as troublemakers they are not wanted in the school or at home. They see the world's resentment personified in a mean teacher who is in charge of this particular picnic.

They manage to elope and find a convent to stay at for the immediate night and a youth hostel soon after under the disguise that they are traveling college students. Meanwhile, the teacher loses her job.

As they piece together a living doing odd jobs for the time being, they are befriended by a stranger towards whom one of them begins to develop love. The other initially tries to protect her friend, but soon accedes, not wanting to be a hindrance to her friend's choice.

After a while, the former who is in love with this stranger tells him the truth about her situation. This is in return for him telling her the same. The stranger is a suspended bank manager. He lost his job because someone pretending to be the wife of a dead man tricked him into giving her the dead man's money in the bank. However, since his suspension he has been anonymously receiving a fixed sum every month through post.

As the girl shows him her photo album, he realises that this swindler was the disciplinarian school teacher these girls hate. It also gives him an explanation as to why the money orders had stopped.

They subsequently trace the teacher and fall in love. He promises to get her job back because he has the kids. He will also be done with his suspension by then.

He then knowingly manipulates the school girl's love for him though he says or does nothing more than leading her on and he expects her to be understating that she's just infatuated with him and too young.

He brings up a position where she agrees to go back, thinking he will then love her.

The other girl considers that her choices are hers and finally they agree to the Manager's proposition to mediate between the Teacher and the kids. The "bold" girl ends up outraged at the Teacher for no particular reason and storms out, refusing to go back to school.

The other girl agrees to convince her. But then things go south as the Manager reveals that the Teacher is his fiancee.

Back at their hostel, the other girl decides to flee and implores her friend to come with her. She refuses. They share an intimate goodbye.

But she comes back half way realising it's not fine, bangs open the room to find the other girl about to commit suicide.

They both break down and hug.

Next morning the Teacher, Manager and the whole school management comes to find that they are in bed together.

But they are dead.

The last scene has the Manager's face as if to say "What have I done".

Critical Analysis[edit]

The movie is considered as the first Indian film which explored the theme of womance (female flipside of bromance).


  • Mohanlal as Harisankar, the suspended bank manager
  • Karthika as Nirmala, the girl who falls in love with him
  • Shari as Sally, the girl who plans things
  • Urvashi as Devika, the mean schoolteacher
  • Jalaja as another teacher and close friend of Devika
  • Jagathy N. K. Achary
  • Subramaniam
  • Latheef
  • Vembayam Thampi
  • Poojappura Radhakrishnan
  • Dev
  • Noor Jehan
  • Mudavanmugal Krishnankutty
  • Kunjumol
  • Rajam K. Nair
  • Omanayamma
  • K. R. Savithri
  • Shanthi
  • Thara


The music and back ground score were composed by Raveendran and the lyrics were written by O. N. V. Kurup.

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Poo Veno Poo" K. S. Chithra O. N. V. Kurup
2 "Vaanampaadi Etho" K. J. Yesudas O. N. V. 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 forever.


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

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