Fiction is wonderful. It gives your imagination wings and takes it to places that you never dreamed of. It makes you feel without being a sap. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry. It raises the bias factor in you, it makes you feel sorry, it makes you feel vindictive.
So when a fictional character that you are attached to dies, the only thing that’s on your mind and in your eyes is how not to cry. Still, you cannot help those tears from rolling down your cheeks and those hiccups from echoing from your throat.
I have been prone to tears at the deaths of my favorite fictional characters and any allusion to them just gets the mood going spiraling downwards. Here are those deaths that have most affected me, in no particular order.
- Sirius Black – Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
As if the absence of Harry’s parents wasn’t enough, Rowling had to go and pluck out the closest thing to a father that Harry had with a cruelty that made the world shiver.
- Fred Weasley – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Not even Sirius’ death could make the acceptance of this death any easier. Imagining George without Fred is too difficult. And when the story of how much it affected James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins, it was an overload of tears. This was way over bad. It was cruel.
- Augustus Waters – The Fault in Our Stars
I might be the person who cried the most, next to Hazel Grace. I was already crying when Hazel read out her eulogy in the church, but when he died “eight days later”, I was a total mess. I hardly followed what happened later and even if I did, it was totally out of love for Gus Waters.
- Oberyn Martell – Game of Thrones
I was in shock for a good two days. Unable to understand how to vent it out, I was desperately and frantically searching for ways to do so. It was only after a full session of ranting and abusing George R. R. Martin, that I was able to accept the fact that Oberyn will no longer be there to expound his boastful memoirs.
- Sati – The Oath of the Vayuputras
The pain that wracks Shiva when he lays eyes on his wife’s dead face felt so real. It brought home the notion that in this world, even the Gods are mortal, however true or untrue that might be.
- Melanie Wilkes – Gone With The Wind
Melanie was the epitome of the perfect, forgiving woman. She saw the good in everyone, even in someone like Scarlett O’Hara. Despite her shortcomings, Scarlett enjoyed a special place in Melanie’s life who was forever grateful to her for saving her during the war. And when she died at the end of the book, I shed a few tears, for it almost meant the death of good during the period that I read that book.
- Carlisle Cullen – Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Movie)
Okay, this was not an actual death and it was clarified only ten minutes later as to why it was not an actual death. But when Carlisle’s head came into Aro’s hand, a collective gasp went through the whole theater and I think the loudest had been mine. Thank God for miracles.
- Ellie – Up
Eight minutes and she was gone. I agree that she grew old, but still. Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Anand – Anand
As Anand takes his final breaths to his own voice reverberating in the room, Babu Moshay cries his eyes out and pleads with him not to go. That flash of Babu Moshay’s eyes, that still face, is a sure tear-jerker.
- DJ and Karan – Rang De Basanti
How often do you see people go out with laughter on their faces? It is endearing how, even in their final moments, these two men are talking about marriage and children and laughing at their own quips. The last still of them is them supposedly looking into the barrel of the gun. It’s heart-wrenching. Yes, I cried.
- Aman Mathur – Kal Ho Naa Ho
Undying love – pun totally not intended – is what Aman Mathur exudes in this movie. Unselfish in his endeavors to have Naina lead a happy life, he leads her to believe that he is happily married to someone else. And when she finds out the reason for his lies, all hell breaks loose. In the form of tears. In Aman’s eyes and in Naina’s and in mine.
- Ishwarchand Thakur – Waqt: The Race Against Time
The actual moment of grief and tears is not when Ishwar is actually dying. It is when he calls Laxman to his side and Laxman chokingly asks him, “Aap wapas kab aa rahe ho?” It was hard to control my tears as a father, a friend, a father-in-law, a grandfather, a husband and a master passed away just moments after naming his grandson after himself.
These are those movies that made me choke with tears when I saw them. Do they find a place on your list? Do let me know!
Keep smiling, for life is what you make it to be.