Amitabh Bachchan is not new to battles over death sequences. When he was shooting for Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Namak Haraam 44 years ago, there was a huge tussle with his co-star Rajesh Khanna as to who gets to die at the end. Hrishida, cunning man that he was, didn’t tell them. Instead, on the day the death scene was to be shot, he placed a garlanded picture of Rajesh Khanna on the set.
Says a source, “Everyone knows in Hindi cinema the hero’s death makes it all the more heroic. Both, Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan are keen to exit the script with a mortal flourish. It remains to be seen who gets this honour.”