Who says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? There’s no one better than a female friend when a woman needs advice, a patient ear, or just someone to have lots of fun with. Here’s a look at some of the most enduring female friendships in film that depict the beautiful bonds between friends.
Sally and Nimmy (DeshadanakkiliKarayarilla): They are soul sisters. Both hail from dysfunctional families — their friendship borne out of a need to feel wanted and loved. Loneliness forces them to create a tiny world of their own. It’s clear that Sally is the leader of the two. She is a tomboy (tellingly spots a boy cut later on). When they hatch a plan to run away from school, it’s Sally who bravely routes the escape plan. Once out of school, they get more drawn towards each other — living in a youth hostel, pursuing their hobbies, and learning to support each other. Though unexplored during the time of its release, there are subtle hints about lesbianism. When Nimmy falls for Harikrishnan (Mohanlal), Sally makes her displeasure known. Even in death, they are together.
Kochu Thresia and Kunju Maria (Manasinakkare): Together they are adorable — a bond that stood the test of time. The hair on their temples have turned grey, but the humour is still intact. At church, they giggle like teenagers and are reprimanded by the priest. Kunju Maria, knowing her friend’s weakness for homemade delicacies, lovingly packs unniyappam, achappam, and ada whenever she visits her. When Kochi Thresia is required to visit her sons to look after her grandchildren, they have a teary-eyed final reunion — “Naley velupinu njan pokum. Nee aa vashathekkenganum vannekkaruthu” (“I will leave early tomorrow. Don’t you dare come see me off”).
Shalini and Ammu (Shalini Ente Kootukari): The perfectly balanced friendship where one complements the other. The impish Shalini and the shy, level-headed Ammu. Only Ammu knows that her friend’s boisterousness is just a decoy to hide her loneliness. Be it her dad’s indifference to her or her step mom’s animosity, it’s Ammu who patiently hears her out. When Shalini finally meets with her death, Ammu realises that her friend’s absence is a vacuum that can never be fulfilled.
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