The Top 7 Suicide Scenes in Indian Movies
Is suicide justified ? What is it like to lose all hope and the desire to live ? It’s a very prevalent issue and even the word alone sends a shiver down the spine. Over the years, people have tried tackling this subject by portraying it in different ways such as films, stories, pictures and songs. I think film has been a successful medium in portraying an experience like suicide, which is so personal to the individual. Here is a list of Indian films which I think have the most powerful scenes of someone making an attempt on their own life:
- Ek Duje Ke Liye ( Made For Each Other)
A story based on a couple, from different castes who commit suicide because they are fed up with the pressures of the society not ready to accept their union. They say that the tragic ending of this film left many real life couples depressed because they faced similar problems.
2. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (From Doom to Doom)
A Bollywood adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. Another film which shows the tragic ending of a couple due to a family rivalry. A grief-stricken Raj (Aamir Khan) is devastated by Rashmi’s (Juhi Chawla’s) death and says that nothing can separate them. He then commits suicide by stabbing himself with a dagger and dies with his head on her chest.
3. Punnagai Mannan (King of Smiles): A Tamil Film
What happens when two lovers decide to end their lives together by jumping off a cliff, but one of them survives because he falls on a branch ? What do you think the survivor goes through ? Here is another masterpiece by Kamal Haasan:
4. 3 Idiots
I think this list would have been incomplete if I hadn’t included this scene from 3 Idiots, starring Aamir Khan, Madhavan & Sharman Joshi. Ali Fazal shot to fame after his role as a depressed engineering student Joy Lobo, who commits suicide after his project is rejected. This may be one of the most powerful death scenes ever shot in bollywood movies.
5. Major Chandrakanth (Tamil)
This movie stars none other than Tamil Nadu’s current Chief Minister Jayalalitha aka ‘Amma’. It showcases the relationship between a brother and sister and the kind of hardships a boy has to go through to give his sister a decent life. After being cheated on by a womanizer, Vimala (Jayalalitha) is unable to face her brother and commits suicide.
6. 3 Idiots (Again)
Who can forget Raju Rastogi’s (Sharman Joshi) failed suicide attempt in this movie after being unable to choose between betraying his friend or letting down his family ?
7. Masaan (Crematorium)
This movie has two parallel stories set in Varanasi, one of which is about Devi’s (Richa Chadda) fight with morality after a sexual encounter with a friend Piyush, ends in tragedy. Piyush locks himself into a bathroom and commits suicide after cops barge into their hotel room and threaten them because of their “indecency”. I feel this is a powerful scene because it shows us the mentality of small town India. I can’t find the scene online but you can see parts of it in the trailer:
I know the article says ‘Top 7’, but this is an indie film which hasn’t released yet. I recently watched a preview of this film, directed by a former colleague of mine, Shubhendra Pal. It’s a story about a man, Raj, who analyses his life right before he is about to commit suicide. This is probably the first film which is based on the mentality of a person attempting suicide and what can be done to prevent it and this is shown to us in a non-preachy way. Oh, and the sound design is by the National Award & Filmfare winner Subhash Sahu !The trailer should be out by next week, but here is the poster:
Suicide is a permanent solution for temporary problems, and I think these films have done a good job in showing us why :)
Note: The majority of Indian Films I have seen are in hindi or tamil, which is why this list only includes movies in these two languages, if you do have other films in mind which you think are worth watching, feel free to mention them in the comments section.