Spoiler Alert: Please be warned that this article reveals
the story and ending of many movies.
"Aur agar theek na ho toh woh The End nahin. Picture abhi baaki
hai, mere dost." (Om Shanti Om
Ever since the inception of Bollywood, we can safely say that
majority of the time, this concept rules the roost. You may ask what are
we talking about? Happy ever afters, of course! Yes, since long, happy
endings have ruled cinematic experiences. Whether it be Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi
(1958) or Aankhen
(1968) or Main Tera Hero
seems that Bollywood prefer stories that have a hero, a heroine and a
good villain who is triumphed over by the much in-love couple.
In fact there was a time when only
happy endings prevailed Bollywood! During the 1970s, over 90% of the movies had
this formulated ending. For example, one of the top movies of the 70s was Pakeezah
(1972) in which Meena Kumari
character finally finds love and marries Raj Kumar's character in the
end. Another example is Amar Akbar
(1977), which was about three brothers who are separated in their
childhood and finally meet just before the climax to defeat their father's
enemies and save their loved ones.
However, all is not so fluffy in B-Town. Some movies
have managed to break this stereotype and finish on a more tragic note.
One movie that comes to mind is the classic Anand
ended with the death
of Rajesh Khanna
's character. In recent times, this ending has been
witnessed more often. Read below to find a list of a few movies
following this trend.
The hugely successful Aashiqui 2
(2013) showcased the love
story of Rahul Jaykar (Aditya Roy Kapur), an alcohol addict and a
superb singer with a failing career, and Aarohi Shirke (Shraddha
Kapoor), an upcoming singer. When Rahul feels that he is getting in the
way of Aarohi's career due to his alcoholism, he takes the decision of
life and jumps off a bridge killing himself. Dejected, Aarohi refuses to
continue her career until persuaded otherwise. The heart-breaking
sequence takes place at the end when Aarohi signs her name as Aarohi
Jaykar, a dream which could never be fulfilled.
is a story about the twins, Samar and Sahir, (played by Aamir Khan
) who grow up
to hate the Western Bank of Chicago when the head refuses to lend
money to Iqbal Khan (Jackie Shroff
), their father, who then commits suicide.
They go on to rob several branches of the bank, ruining it in the process and in the end leap
off a bridge together to avoid being arrested and separated. A truly sad
ending, yet one that was necessary.
2014 so far has seen many different types
of movies as Bollywood's happily ever after is finally a thing of the past,
though not completely gone. First up is the Ranveer Singh
, Arjun Kapoor and
which follows the path of Bikram (Singh) and Bala (Kapoor) who
grow up to become coal smugglers. Both fall in love with cabaret dancer Nandita
(Chopra) and while running from the police, end up fighting over her.
In the end, both are killed by ACP Sarkar (Irrfan Khan
) and Nandita, who was
really an undercover police officer.
was highly praised for its unique star cast and storytelling. Veera
Tripathi (Alia Bhatt) is kidnapped by Mahabir Bhati (Randeep Hooda
) and is then
taken on a road trip over much of northern India to avoid the cops. In the
process, the two fall in love where Veera reveals her troubled childhood to
Mahabir. However, when all seems to be well for the two lovers, the police arrive
and kill Mahabir, supposedly saving Veera. In the end, Veera is shown to be
living on a hill station with Mahabir's memories.
The recently released Ek Villain
makes the list
for its unique story and ending. Aisha (Shraddha Kapoor
falls in love with Guru (Sidharth Malhotra) who reforms his ways and
down with her. But soon their happy life is interrupted when Aisha is
by a hooded man, who is later revealed to be Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh
married man with a child who has a psychotic killer side. The ending, as
is not very happy though hopeful. Aisha is dead, but Guru adopts
Rakesh's child after he is killed and sets about fulfilling all of
Bollywood has always believed in
happy endings, but as times change, so does Bollywood. Today the film industry has
started delivering stories that are far from the cliched happy ending
movies. We hope to see this trend continue and that moviegoers
appreciate this new trend as much as we are!
Editors: Vaishnavi.V and Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Virina R.
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