The Journey (2004 film)

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The Journey (Sancharram)
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Directed byLigy J. Pullappally
Produced byLigy J. Pullappally
Written byLigy J. Pullappally
StarringSuhasini V. Nair
Shruti Menon
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Syam seethal
Music byIsaac Thomas Kottukapally
Edited byB. Ajithkumar
Distributed byWolfe Video
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
107 minutes

The Journey (Malayalam: സഞ്ചാരം Sancharram) is a 2004 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 Indian state of Kerala.


The film follows two young friends, Kiran (Suhasini V. Nair), a Hindu, and Delilah (Shruthy Menon), a Catholic, from their first meeting as young children to young adulthood, when they realize their 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. This begins 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.

Comparisons to Fire (1996)[edit]

Sancharram has been compared to Deepa Mehta's 1996 film 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.


Critical Reception[edit]

AutoStraddle listed the movie as being among the 102 best lesbian films of all time.[1]


  1. ^ "Now, An Updated Edition Of The 102 Best Lesbian Movies Of All Time". Autostraddle. 2017-02-14. Retrieved 2017-11-01.

See also[edit]

List of LGBT-related films directed by women

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