The eldest of three sisters, Ligy was born in Kerala and grew up in Chicago. She directed, produced and acted in her first stage play, Fractured Furniture. She went on to receive recognition from the Chicago Young Playwrights Festival for the first full-length stage play, The Tailored Murder. She then went to law school in Chicago. She was a trial lawyer for seven years. Most recently, she served as Litigation Director of an agency serving the needs of abused women. In addition, she was Vice President of the Indian American Bar Association of Chicago and an Executive Board member of 'Apna Ghar', a social service organization offering assistance to South Asian domestic violence victims. Ligy's first short film arrived upon graduating from law school. A second short film followed shortly thereafter. Then, in August 2002, Ligy received the Sunshine Peace Award, an award recognizing her work in law and women's issues. The following month, Ligy embarked on the making of the feature film, Sancharam. It is rooted in Ligy's second short film, Uli. That film's back-story was about two girls in love in rural Kerala and the tragedy that transpired when they were forcibly separated from one amount.
Sancharam - 2004
Sancharam is the story of two young women, Kiran and Delilah, living in rural Kerala. Kiran is the only child of Delhi returned Malayalees, Priya and Narayanan. The family has come back to Kerala to take up residence in Priya's grand ancestral house. Directly across the way lives Delilah, the fourth child and only daughter of Thressiamma, a widow. The girls meet on an auspicious day, the day of Kiran's arrival form Delhi, and the marriage of Delilah's eldest brother, Jacob. They become fast friends. Joining the two friends is a neighbouring boy, Rajan, who bonds with Kiran as well. The friendship continues into adulthood despite the fact that Kiran and Delilah are polar opposites. Kiran is reserved, an intellectual, while Delilah is a playful mischief-maker. The story changes one night when Kiran comes to terms with her changing feelings for Delilah. Uncomfortable with her physical desire for Delilah, Kiran agrees to help Rajan in his bizarre scheme to win Delilah for himself. Delilah is unconvinced by Rajan's efforts and through a strange circumstance discovers Kiran's feelings for her. What follows is a romance that improves both young women in many ways. But the relationship is discovered and an ending that is both tragic and triumphant is triggered.
Direction & Screenplay: Ligy J Pullapally