These two words have the potential of making and breaking a film or series. The petition signed by Game of Thrones fans to recreate the last season is just an example of it.
The note that your story starts on is way less important than the climax as that’s what the audience is taking home with them. The entire story may or may not be remembered but the ending of a movie can stay with people for decades, that’s what makes a film legendary. But there are plenty of films that have good directions, good actors and yet a bad ending that has left everyone unsatisfied. Here are a few of them!
A lot of people were disappointed with the ending of this Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor starrer. This Rakesh Omprakash Mehra directorial took interest in the stories hidden in old havelis of Delhi. Abhishek Bachchan’s character, who was trying to bring the culture in place in the entire movie was shown dead in the end. After dying, he’s shown going to a random terrace where he has a rendezvous with his dead grandfather (Amitabh Bachchan) and comes back to life. Just like that!
To be honest, Ghanchakkar, a comedy thriller is one of the funniest and finest films ever done by Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan. The movie has everything - a good cast, good acting, good punch lines, unique storyline and a lot of suspense. Emraan Hashmi plays a husband with amnesia who robs offices for his living. The suspense begins when he takes a project from a dangerous man and after robbing the bank, forgets where he hid the money. In the end, everybody dies in the funniest way possible including Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and the villain. But guess what’s the most unsatisfying part of the movie? Everyone dies without knowing where he hid the money but as an audience, you do get to know the location and that just makes you wish for an alternate ending.
The so-called horror thriller starring Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Rajkummar Rao and Kareena Kapoor can be ruined for you if someone just told you one line “Kareena is a spirit seeking revenge”. Kareena enters as the key informer of Aamir Khan, who is a police officer. Initially, the focus of the film is a high profile murder mystery. Later, it moves to Kareena and revenge. The movie ends a bit vaguely with Aamir Khan discovering that all this time, he has been interacting with a ghost.
While it is one of the most popular love-triangle films of all time by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, its ending was rather disappointing. A woman (Aishwarya Rai) and a struggling artist (Salman Khan) fall in love with each other. However, as the girl’s parents disapprove, the guy leaves the country. The woman then, is married to an understanding man (Ajay Devgn) who selflessly takes her to her lover and helps her look for him. Only for her to realise at the end that she was in love with her husband. It’s too much work and emotional pain for an ending like that.
Another Salman Khan wonder in the list. The film starring Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Hazel Keech is mostly about how a so-called ‘best’ friend marries her friend’s love interest by lying. Kareena Kapoor’s character was in love with Salman Khan’s innocent and obedient character. However, Hazel Keech’s character manipulated him in a moment of hurry and leaves her friend behind forever. In the end, Hazel Keech is shown dead (because justice) and Salman and Hazel’s son pulls off a Kuch Kuch Hota Hai moment by reuniting Salman and Kareena’s character. And she just goes with him and he also accepts her, no questions asked.
Much like Anjali, Salman’s son also learns the story of his parents through a diary his mother wrote before leaving them. These Bollywood kids, they’re so smart and understanding, I tell you. Oh, and the Kareena’s character did not marry for so many years because as per her father, he couldn’t find a suitable man for her.
Karan Johar’s work of art had everything you need to make a viewer emotional - dosti, pyar, one-sided pyar, poetry, matargashti, comedy, heartbreak, death. After a failed attempt of hook-up and a breakup, Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) falls in love with Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) who was in love with Ali (Fawad Khan). After a lot of heartwarming dialogues on dosti, pyar and takraar, we realise that our dear Alizeh has cancer. In the end, Alizeh is shown as an absent friend who is still alive in Ayan’s music. However, Alizeh doesn’t leave the world without fulfilling her wish of her aashiq following her to the airport, all thanks to Ayan. But in the end, Alizeh’s absence bothers you a little as a viewer. Neither did she end up with the lover Ali, nor with the friend Ayan. Plus, there were no last goodbyes shown, she just abruptly vanishes after Ayan convinces her to stay in the airport scene.
I have to say Diana Penty and Deepika Padukone made such good friends in the film. It was amazing how both of them pulled each other up from their messes and Saif Ali Khan felt like the guy who comes between two friends and ruins everything. If I’m in a foreign country, I’d be blessed to find a friend like Veronica, not a guy like Gautam. The tone of the film was absolutely fine until you realise that its ending is going to be a cliche where the ‘goody-goody’ girl gets her love. The girl who does pooja, cleaning and yoga, gets the guy and the party girl doesn’t. While Deepika was very good at heart but in the end, she acted like a mature person, understood that her friends need to be together and well, gave Saif Ali Khan to Diana Penty.
Do you remember any well-made film where its climax made you feel extremely unsatisfied?
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