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Even though, a change in the climax sequences of a film, after the film's release is not so common, there have been such instances where film-makers where pushed to do it.
Here, we are going to list some of the Malayalam films which did have a revised/re-edited climax portion after their release.
Go through the slides to know more about the films..
The case of Harikrishnans was quite different. Actually, Fazil shot two different climaxes, one which indicated the character Hari(Mammootty) marrying Pooja(Juhi Chawla) and the other showed Krishnan(Mohanlal) marrying Pooja(Juhi Chawla). In areas where Mammootty fans were prominent the former climax was shown, and in areas where Mohanlal fans were prominent, the latter was shown.
Dileep's Gramaphone directed by Kamal is still considered to be a good work. At first, the film had a tragic climax, which showed the lead characters played by Dileep and Meera Jasmine parting ways. But, due to the negative responses from the audiences, Kamal did re-shoot the climax sequence and showed the lead pair uniting.
Chakkaramuthu directed by Lohithadas had a different climax. In the initial version, the character played by Dileep was shown dying and Kavya Madhavan's character turning mentally ill. This definitely didn't go down well with the audiences and hence the director opted for another climax which showed the lead characters uniting.
Lollipop went for a major change in the climax sequences. In the initial days of the film's release, the film had a climax which revealed Jayasurya's character to be a ghost, after narrating the story to the character played by Jagathi Sreekumar. But, this climax wasn't well-accepted by the audiences and hence it was removed later on.
Red Wine did receive some negative reviews upon its release. So, the makers of the film decided to make a slight change in the climax portions. A portion which had Mohanlal narrating some philosophical thoughts was removed from the climax sequence.
A close look in to the above list, would let you know that most of the films in the above list have not done that well at the box-office with the exception of Mammootty and Mohanlal starrer Harikrishnans, which unlike others, had a twin climax playing the role.
So, the big question that arises is whether such changes are necessary or not. Facts prove that such changes in the climax sequences have not done any good to that particular cinema. Probably, most of the times, such changes went on to affect the final product of the film.
But, a situation like that would definitely put the film-makers in a state of dilemma. Whether to go with the creative side or to go with the audiences' satisfaction.
At times, film-makers did have to submit to the pressure to make changes suiting the tastes of the audiences. In films like Gramaphone and Chakkaramuthu, the makers had to change the climax sequences since those films had a tragic ending, which normally doesn't go well with the audiences.
But, nowadays, such sight is not that common, as the audiences and film-makers are much open to experimentation, which is indeed a good sign for Malayalam cinema.