Most Bollywood movies avoid any of the lead actors dying because they want to have a happy ending. Many believe that movies with the lead actors dying won’t work at the box office. But death scenes have made many movies memorable and many of them have worked great at the box office too contrary to popular perception. Death scenes also give the actors a chance to show off their acting skills. Sure some of these scenes are over dramatized and involve a bit of hamming but hey its Bollywood. So here are some of the Best Death Scenes of Bollywood in mostly chronological order to the best of my knowledge. Please post your favorites in comments.
Starting with the iconic Rajesh Khanna death scene from Anand which has Amitabh desperately trying to save his friend’s life till the very last moment. Amitabh returning to see Rajesh Khanna dead and demanding his over talkative friend to speak and Rajesh Khanna’s voice playing from the tape telling him how ephemeral life is.
Sholay was the movie which made me a movie buff. Amitabh sacrificing his life for Dharmendra is a great scene from Sholay and I think it was a major reason for my becoming a Amitabh fan back then.
The iconic death scene from Deewar with Amitabh dying in his mother’s arms.
The lovers dying scene from Ek Duje Ke Liye which has been repeated in so many different movies since then.
I could not find Nargis shooting Sunil Dutt scene from Mother India online. Dilip shooting Amitabh scene is similar to that and also to Shashi Kapoor shooting Amitabh scene from Deewar which can also be said to be inspired from the Mother India scene. It still is a good scene with the father not wanting to shoot his son but still having to shoot him.
When I was a kid and I saw this scene on TV I liked it a lot back then but I now feel that there is a bit of hamming involved. It still is considered a very iconic scene by many. But the bad thing about the scene is that it is so true to life even after so many years.
Kumar Gaurav trying to protect his brother Sanjay Dutt who tries to flee but ends up killed by the cops from Naam
Jackie Shroff taking revenge for his younger brother Anil Kapoor’s death by killing Nana Patekar from Parinda.
Baazigar has two very good death scenes. The first one is Shilpa being killed by Shah Rukh which I had posted earlier as Scene of the Week. Here is the final death scene which is inspired from Amitabh’s dying scene from Deewar. Even Shah Rukh’s acting and dialogues are similar to Amitabh’s from Deewar.
Salman and Shah Rukh getting killed from Karan Arjun.
Chakravarthy begging Urmila to open the door and him being getting shot in front of a scared Urmila from Satya.
A scared Sanjay Dutt who has lost his mind being killed by his mother Reema Lagoo to free him from his misery.
Here are death scenes from the Bimal Roy version of Devdas and the new SLB version of Devdas. I have not seen the older Devdas but I think the death scene in it is more natural whereas the death scene in the new Devdas is more operatic.
Akshay Kumar being shot by Aishwarya Rai from Khakee which I don’t think anyone expected back then.