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Happy endings

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching something that is a rarity in Hindi films. The perfect closing credit sequence, writes Nishant Goyal.

entertainment Updated: Feb 02, 2009 20:35 IST

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching something that is a rarity in Hindi films. The perfect closing credit sequence.
Not just some remix of a song with the hero-heroine doing epileptic dance steps, and the end credits rolling listlessly –– like the makers prefer that the audience watches the dancing jodi rather than read the names of the crew members who toiled to make the film.

Summing it up
I’m talking about the perfect marriage of lyrical, musical and visual thought that aptly sums up the film. So you know that it was the director calling the shots, not the choreographer, not the producer (sad song pe public royegi aur uske remix pe nachegi) or the spot boy because none of the above showed up, since the film was pre-sold to a corporate.

Without revealing too much, here goes –– in Luck by Chance, Sona (Konkona Sen Sharma) realises that things may not have gone according to plan but ‘success’ is too subjective to be measured with a one-size-fits-all barometer. Discarding all negative thoughts, she decides to be happy for herself and her place in the world.

As Sona rides the cab to work, Zoya Akhtar lets you absorb this new Sona who is so different from whom you’ve seen throughout the film.. and she also credits the people who made the film happen. Shankar Mahadevan and Javed Akhtar sum everything up in one line from O rahi –– Jaag uthe hain raaste o rahi tere vaaste. How refreshing to be smiling while walking out instead of covering your busted ear drums.

Best climax
Take the closing credits of David Fincher’s Fight Club. Edward Norton has just shot his friend-turned-foe Brad Pitt in the mouth (I won’t get into the deeper meaning behind this incident), only to look out the window and witness every single building in the city exploding and collapsing, as a terribly underrated band The Pixies describe their mental state with the song Where’s my mind? Cannot get any better.

But the most poignant end credits are from the 1990 film Muriel’s Wedding. Muriel (Toni Collette) is a fat girl who was ridiculed until she left home, but came back for her cancer-struck friend Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths).

Musically apt
In the end Rhonda finally finds the courage to speak her mind to her fake friends and overbearing mother, before the two friends take off. As they leave the place of their birth, they shout their goodbyes to all the places they’ve
frequented, as ABBA’s Dancing Queen adds glory to their intensely personal conquest … largely over themselves.
The end of her next film is one of the several reasons to look forward to more from Zoya Akhtar. Until next time, stay safe and sound.