Hap­pily ever af­ters are for fairy­tales, our films are now get­ting real with open end­ings

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And they lived hap­pily ever af­ter... While Hindi cin­ema mostly catered to such end­ings be­fore, this trend is now chang­ing. Re­cent movies like Bad­la­pur, Dil Dhadakne Do, Piku, Katti Batti and Tal­var are proof of this trend. Be­sides do­ing well at the box of­fice, these films also didn’t have a very con­ven­tional end­ing.

Bad­la­pur changed the game for ac­tor Varun Dhawan who took a 180 de­gree turn in the film with his char­ac­ter. Zoya Akhtar’s fam­ily drama, Dil Dhadakne Do por­trayed dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ships with an open end­ing. Though Katti Batti wasn’t re­ceived very well at the box of­fice, the end­ing was not some­thing that was very con­ven­tional.

The re­cently-re­leased Tal­var pre­sented three sides to the con­tro­ver­sial Aarushi Tal­war case and left the view­ers to make their own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the truth.

Shoo­jit Sir­car’s Piku was one of the big­gest hits this year and al­lowed the au­di­ence to draw their own con­clu­sion of what hap­pens with the lead pair. He ex­plains, “If you see (Satya­jit) Ray’s films, they were al­ways un­pre­dictable but at the same time, real. I’d like my films to be real and sim­ple. I would like to leave it to the au­di­ence to cre­ate their own per­cep­tion.”

Trade an­a­lyst Atul Mo­han says Gen Y does not be­lieve e in fan­tasy. “They are more prac­ti­cal and pre­fer to see things ac­cord­ing to their out­look. The film­mak­ers too, oo, I guess, have re­alised that this is what the au­di­ence wants and hence we see thi­sis at­tempt to have end­ings that at are un­con­ven­tional. Also, most of them toy with the idea of a fran­chise, so, it’s ob­vi­ous why they would likeke their films to end abruptly.” ”

Anub­hav Sinha’s Ra.One e with Shah Rukh Khan play­ing a su­per­hero left the e end­ing open to the au­di­ence ce for in­ter­pre­ta­tion. He says, , “These days, in a lot of films ms we do see end­ings that are open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion from the au­di­ence. But those are mostly films that are open to walk­ing away from the Bol­ly­wood tra­di­tion. But, I truly sus­pect it is a process s which will spread fast withh suc­cess.”

Do and Tal­var Bad­la­pur, Dil Dhadakne (L to R) Stills from

Stills from Piku (L)

and Katti Batti

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