Kabir Bedi pushes Rekha in a river full of crocodiles and leaves her to die as he watches and Sonu Walia cringes in disgust in 'Khoon Bhari Maang'.
Ramesh Sippy's 'Shakti' paired the two biggest superstars of Bollywood-Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bahchan as father and son. During the climax of the film, Police officer Dilip Kumar chases his outlawed son Amitabh Bachchan on the runway and eventually shoots him. The dramatic dialogues between an outlawed son dying in his father's arms makes this a poignant one in the film.
Death is never that simple in Bollywood. The protagonist never dies peacefully. Before dying he or she always has to say the last few words in the most painful manner. Dramatizing something as grave as death has been Bollywood's forte. We look at some of the most dramatic, poignant death scenes from Bollywood films.
Perhaps each and every scene from Ramesh Sippy's 'Sholay' can be called a classic. The last scene where Jay(Bachchan) dies in front of his friend Veeru (Dharmendra) the mystery behind the coin is revealed is bound to get a lump in the throat.
In Mehboob Khan's 'Mother India' a righteous Radha (Nargis) shoots her younger son Birju (Sunil Dutt), a bandit who kidnaps a girl of his village on her wedding day. While fleeing with the girl, Birju is warned by Radha to let the girl go. When he diesnt relent, Radha shoots him and Birju eventually dies in his mother's arms.
Probably one of the creepiest scenes from Abbas Mustan's 'Baazigar' has Shah Rukh Khan placing a nervous Shilpa Shetty on the edge of a high rise building lovingly. While convincing her that she need not be scared since he is there to hold her back, SRK throws her off the building.
Bimal Roy's 'Devdas' featured Dilip Kumar as the lovelorn youth who drowns himself in alcoholic when his childhood sweetheart Paro (Suchitra Sen) is married off to someone else and not him. In the last scene, Devdas, now counting his last few breaths arrives at Paro's doorstep to meet her one last time. Paro rushes out of her house to get one last glimpse of Devdas but he breaths his last seconds before Paro manages to come out and meet him.
Gulzar's 'Maachis' was based on the rise of Sikh insurgency that took place in India in the 1980s. In the last scene, Veeran(Tabu) goes to meet her fiance Kripal (Chandrachur Singh) in jail. A badly injured Kripal kisses Veera and she passes him the cyanide pill, and later takes her own.
In 'Darr', Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) kidnaps Kiran(Juhi Chawla) and sets off on a boat after killing her husband Sunil (Sunny Deol). But Sunil arrives later that night and fires three shots at Rahul, who dies confessing his love for K...K...Kiran.
Who can forget that poignant scene from 'Anand' where Dr Bhaskar Bannerjee (Bachchan) coaxes a dead Anand( Rajesh Khanna) to speak and suddenly Khanna's voice booms out of the gramaphone 'Babumoshai'.
Bachhan%u2019s dramatic death in his mother%u2019s (played by Nirupa Roy) lap in 'Deewar' will remain one of the most iconic scenes in Indian cinema. Bachchan plays a victim who has been wronged by the society in the film.
In Subhash Ghai's 'karz' Simi Garewal brutally kills her husband Raj Kiran by repeatedly running the jeep over him and eventually throwing him off the cliff.
Raju (Dev Anand) in 'Guide' decides to fast and pray for rains in the village he has taken refuge after coming out of the jail. While fasting he wishes to return to his past life, he eventually stays back to pray for rains. The village after days of praying rejoice when it starts raining while Raju, after days of fasting, dies.
in 'Do Aankhen Barah Hath' a young jail warden, Adinath(V Shantaram) rehabilitates six deadly prisoners released on parole into persons of virtue. He takes these notorious, often surly, murderers and makes them work hard with him on a dilapidated country farm, rehabilitating them through hard work and kindly guidance as they eventually produce a great harvest.The film ends with the death of the warden at the hands of the minions of a corrupt enemy who wants no competition, in the profitable market he controls.
Shahabuddin (Ashok Kumar) is shot dead by an old enemy of his family. Breathing his last, Shahabuddin is reassured by his nephew Salim(Rajkumar) that he would marry his Shahabuddin's daughter, Sahibjaan (Meena Kumari).
Lovers Vasu (Kamal Haasan) and Sapna(Rati Agnihotri) decide to commit suicide after both their families refuse to accept their love in 'Ek Duje Ke Liye'.
In Ketan Mehta's 'Mirch Masala', women of the factory attack the lecherous subedar (Naseeruddin Shah)with fistfuls of mirch masala. The film ends with the subedar on his knees, screaming in pain as the chilli burns his face and eyes while Sonabai (Smita Patil), his object of desire, looks on.
In Vidhu Vinod Chopra's 'Parinda', just married couple Karan(Anil Kapoor) and Paro( Madhuri Dixit)are shot dead on their wedding night by rival gang headed by Anna Seth (Nana Patekar).