My last weekend’s watch was a good trigger point to start pondering about movies that dealt with strong subjects, did well in the content build-up, dared to be different but had a rather weak ending that either ruined the overall experience or at least left me wanting for so much more. And there are multiple such movies. Wanted to tee off the topic by quoting two such immediate recalls..
1. MILI – This one still remains my most favorite film of my most favorite actors of all time – Amitabh and Jaya, and was beautifully conceptualized and directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, well almost till the last shot. For a film that was so strong on content and on restrained emotions, somehow that last shot of the father seeing off the aeroplane from the terrace seemed like a hurried end, not knowing how else to draw the end frames. Do I have an alternate end in mind – no! I am not qualified enough to think through and end for this classic, but then a terrific director could have certainly explored a much stronger end – after all he already gave us such a classic and ever memorable end with Anand!
2. SILSILA – Here is a Yash Chopra classic that dared to be extremely bold to bring the most controversial real life affair to reel and managed the casting coup of the decade by getting all the 3 stars to play their parts! The subject was dealt with a lot of honesty and frankness and had a perfect build up courtesy some nicely integrated side characters. But then the climax faltered, and how! This could easily be ranked as one of the weakest climaxes that could ever be again giving a feel that the creative team did not know what to do with the end! The box office debacle that the movie suffered could easily be attributed to that climax!
What else comes to mind? Also how different would you have wanted the end to be?