Happily Never After

Known for its happy endings, Bollywood makes sure you walk out of most films feeling merry and satisfied without much regard to logic and reality. Be it a happily-ever-after romance or hero-getting-bashed-up-but-still-surviving-without-a-scratch drama, Bollywood endings give us happy feelings. However, there are a few films which dare to go against the norm and shatter the happily-ever-after with their tragic endings. 

No matter how differently we may have wanted these films to end, they should be commended for their efforts to try and portray a more realistic story with the harsh realities of life: Not every ending is a happy one.
 
Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
 
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A mega-hit film, which revolves around a love triangle between Nandini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Sameer (Salman Khan) and Vanraj (Ajay Devgan) with an unexpected and unconventional end. With most of us expecting Nandini to run off with Sameer, we were in for a surprise when she chose to spend her life with Vanraj.

Rang De Basanti (2006)

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Rang De Basanti was one of those films which lingered in your mind for days after you watched it. The film was based on incidents that lit a nationalistic fervor in not only the five friends portrayed in the film but the entire country. However, the ending of this film left us with a hollow feeling with the death of the lead characters.  
 
Aashiqui 2 (2013)
 
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Starring newcomers Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor, this film was a blockbuster. An alcoholic superstar, a struggling singer and a cute love story combined with the solid chemistry between the two actors, the film was a typical Bollywood flick without a typical Bollywood ending. Their love story comes to an abrupt end when Rahul commits suicide, much to everyone’s disappointment. 
 
Lootera (2013)
 
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Based on O. Henry’s The Last Leaf, this period romantic drama won immense critical acclaim. It stuck to its inspiration and did not aim for a typical Bollywood ending. Like the tragic ending in The Last Leaf, Varun’s (Ranveer Singh) death left us with a sinking feeling.
 
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012)
 
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This film, which initially appeared to be a typical boy-meets-girl story was anything but that. This fun-filled, light and breezy film gave a twist to classic romance with its unusual end wherein the leads Riana (Kareena Kapoor) and Rahul (Imran Khan) decide to remain just friends! Now, how many films can you recall with that ending?
 
Kai Po Che! (2013)
 
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A heart warming story of three friends, their aspirations and dreams. The film stood out from other friendship-based Bollywood films, as the three friends struggle with certain unfortunate incidents. And just when we thought it would all turn out for the best, Ishaan’s (Sushant Singh Rajput) death at the hands of his friend Omi (Amit Sadh) left us teary-eyed.
 
We hope more Bollywood films in the future continue to surprise us with their offbeat endings like these films have.
 

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