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On screen death hat-trick for Aamir

The actor will die in the climax of the forthcoming release, Fanna.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 17:37 IST

Aamir Khan may have been championing the cause of Sardar Sarovar Project oustees and Bhopal gas tragedy victims through "peaceful protests" at New Delhi all Friday, but on screen he is all set to complete a death hat-trick for living on the violent side with his forthcoming release Fanna.

The Yashraj banner film is the third within a year, after Mangal Pandey.The Rising (2005) and Rang De Basanti (2006), that has Aamir's character getting killed in the end for taking the law in his hands in the name of a cause.

Not discounting the fact that Aamir's Bollywood debut too happened with a Romeo Julietesque Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), where the death of cute chocolate hero made him an overnight star, is Aamir in contest for the title of the current generation's tragedy king (Shah Rukh is the only other current star to have died so often, but the on-screen deaths have not been so close together)?

Aamir Khan will die in the climax of the forthcoming release, Fanna.

Kamlesh Pandey, writer,

Rang De Basanti

explaining the original 'tragedy king' tag, says, "Since Dilip Kumar's deaths guaranteed box-office success in the 50s, producers and directors perpetuated that image and cashed in on it. The act of death became romantic with Dilip."

However, Aamir's on screen deaths in the last two releases have not been in the romantic genre. They are in fact giving a twist to the Manoj Kumar Mr Bharat genre, using the act of dying to highlight a failed cause and re-awaken India. "In case of Aamir's characters, be it DJ (RDB) or Mangal Pandey, death becomes a statement," says Pandey.

Khan's death in Fanaa too, sources reveal, is courtesy his 'grey' character of a hero who takes to terrorism.

First Published: Apr 16, 2006 19:00 IST