After the legendary stories of Romeo-Juliet, Heer-Ranjha and Laila-Majnu, comes the story of Jack and Rose from the movie Titanic. It was one of greatest love stories of this generation. The story left us teary-eyed with Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) dying in the cold ocean. Now, 20 years later, director James Cameron reveals why Jack had to die and Rose (Kate Winslet) survived.
While talking to a US-based entertainment magazine, Cameron said "And the answer is very simple because it says on page 147 [of the script] that Jack dies. Very simple. Obviously, it was an artistic choice, the thing was just big enough to hold her, and not big enough to hold him. I think it’s all kind of silly, really, that we’re having this discussion 20 years later. But it does show that the film was effective in making Jack so endearing to the audience that it hurts them to see him die. Had he lived, the ending of the film would have been meaningless. The film is about death and separation; he had to die. So whether it was that, or whether a smoke stack fell on him, he was going down. It’s called art, things happen for artistic reasons, not for physics reasons."
James didn’t give up on the physics entirely though. "I am. I was in the water with the piece of wood putting people on it for about two days getting it exactly buoyant enough so that it would support one person with full free-board, meaning that she wasn’t immersed at all in the 28 degrees water so that she could survive the three hours it took until the rescue ship got there. [Jack] didn’t know that she was gonna get picked up by a lifeboat an hour later; he was dead anyway. And we very, very finely tuned it to be exactly what you see in the movie because I believed at the time, and still do, that that’s what it would have taken for one person to survive," James said.Come what may, our hearts will go on in love!