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WHEN THE HEROES DIE…
Cinema, especially Tamil cinema, is replete with movies that end happily with the selfless hero triumphing over all evils after having sacrificed several things or with the hero and his lady love joining together after slaying the villain (even if it is the heroine’s father and she seems least bothered about that). Audience used to love watching such happy movies which had them smiling when they walk out of the theater.

Times changed and so did the kind of movies that was being made. The filmmaker’s sole purpose was not to make the audience happy but to make them feel for the characters they show. I vividly remember watching Idhaya Kovil and that was the
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first time ever I saw the heroine dying. In fact both the heroines in the film (Ambika and Radha) die and what is worse, they commit suicide. It left a lump in my throat and I plunged into depression just like the hero (Mohan) did.

Then there were films which had both the hero and his love dying. The latest example for that would be the heart wrenching Paruthiveeran which shone for its bold climax. The characters Paruthiveeran and Muthazhagu live in our hearts even today.

In the male-dominated Tamil cinema we hardly ever saw heroes dying on screen (with the heroines left alive), especially when they are young and in the prime of their lives. But the filmmakers are now bold and they have experimented by showing the hero die. But they do not die without leaving us devastated and they manage to dwell in our hearts forever and not to forget, die doing their last act of heroism.

Here are some handpicked movies in the recent past which had the heroes dying:

Raavanan: Who can forget Veeraiya (Vikram) being shot dead by the manipulative cop (Dev) just when we thought that Ragini (Aishwarya Rai) might have actually fallen in love with the ‘Raavanan’. It sure brought tears in our eyes to see Vikram falling into endless abyss which was shown beautifully with the director’s symbolism of making him fall off the cliff with hand out stretched. The brave Veeraiyaa was all we had in mind while walking out of the movie.

Endhiran: Director Shankar proved that it is not necessary for a hero to be human when he created the character Chitti. Chitti was a delightful robot with its share of grey shades. Despite being the reason for all the chaos, in the end when he is shown dismantling himself rattling off philosophies we couldn’t help but feel our heart get heavier with each passing minute. It was hard to believe that it was this same robot that we wanted Vaseegaran to destroy.

Vaanam: The death of Cable Raja (STR) was the most shocking and unexpected thing ever for Cable Raja was a happy, easy-going, selfish young man who did not care about ethics when he wanted to make some money. It was heartwarming to see him have a change of heart but it broke our hearts to see him die saving several hundreds of people.
Tags : Vaanam, Endhiran, Raavanan, Paruthiveeran, Idhaya Kovil
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