Over the years, Indian filmmakers have
experimented with their films, a common practice since the origin of feature
films. There are lot of films made by world class directors that in one way or
other experimented with their unique themes, presentations and with their
climax portions. Taking inspiration from the West (or by themselves), our
directors too proved that they are also doing their best with some terrific
experiments. To begin with, there is Sholay, a mass film that got released in
the year 1975. Director Ramesh Sippy set a new theme to enthral audiences with
what came to be known as one of the greatest Bollywood films of all time. The
climax of this film was no different among others as it too showcased the usual
theme of good triumphing over evil. Gabbar, the best villain Indian films have
ever seen is finally handed over to the police.
However, the original cut released few
years back says that Gabbar was not handed over to the police. Instead, he is
being killed by none other than Thakur. Ramesh Sippy’s original cut had a different
ending, along with some extra violent scenes. Seems the Censor Board intervened
at that time and they may have asked it to be edited. Hence, a new ending has
been shot. Well, the real ending of the film was revealed 15 years after the
release of the film when the unedited version came out in a British release on
VHS in 1990. Sholay is a milestone movie in the history of Indian Cinema and it
showed the magical performance from its lead stars including Dharmendra, Amitabh
Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar, Amjad Khan, Hema Malini and Jaya Bhaduri. Sholay is still considered a classic and one
of the best Indian films.
Climax Experiments in Malayalam
Malayalam movies are also no different
in experimenting as we have a class example –“Harikrishnans,” a film noted for
various reasons. What is so special about that movie is that the two legends of
Malayalam Cinema – Mammootty and Mohanlal shared screen space in it after a
long gap. Since the film had only one heroine, who among the protagonists win
her love really matters and Fazil – the director found a way to satisfy fans by
making different climaxes.
The idea was fresh that it was widely appreciated for its uniqueness. The film is a love triangle with Bollywood actress Juhi Chawla playing the lead. Plans were also made to bring Shah Rukh Khan to marry Juhi in the climax, but it didn’t happen. Harikrishnans released in 1997 and a similar movie was released in same year with Juhi herself in the lead. The film was Deewana Mastana, where Salman Khan makes a guest appearance to marry her at the climax. Here Anil Kapoor and Govinda played the lead roles.
Gramaphone, a musical drama film
directed by Kamal was also in the news for such experimentation. The film had a
good script and it has been well narrated, but Kamal had to change the climax
as there was mounting pressure from distributors, exhibitors and Dileep fans
associations. It was a time when the much hyped film of ‘Sadanandante Samayam’
failed to create any impact in the box-office. However, the last minute change
in the climax marked the growth of a negative trend in the industry as it had a
single motive of commercial interests rather than considering its aesthetic
Gramaphone original climax
Gramaphone alternate climax
Again it is actor Dileep’s film which had the fate of changing climax. The movie was Chakkaramuthu that restarted in theatres with a new climax. The original climax was removed as it showcased hero dead. Hence a new climax in which Dileep survives the accident is inserted into the film. At that time, Lohithadas said in a press conference that this was the climax planned in the original script. But as some clash of opinion came out in the production stage, the alternate sad climax was added in the film. Also there were news that another climax was also shot for this movie, thus making it the first movie in history with four different climax sequences.
Nobody will forget movies like Chenkol
and Vandanam. Both the films had sad ending and the audience left movie halls
with tear filled eyes. If the climax portions were made in a different way, the
films would have been liked by most of the audience. Taking consideration the mounting demand, the climax portions of 'Chenkol' were trimmed later. However, the makers of the
films opted the straightway of storytelling rather than ending those in
conventional filmy style. There were also rumours that Roopesh Peethambaran, who
debuted with much acclaimed movie ‘Theevram,’ may direct a movie with
six different climaxes. The result was 'You Too Brutus' with the second half of the film filled with back to back climaxes.
Whatever be the technicalities, multiple climaxes in films are considered a negative trend as it is truly a violation of aesthetic values. It definitely affects the flow of a film and most of the filmmakers are reluctant o do the same. In future, if such experiments are to be happened, let it be with some aesthetic values.