The Disciple ending explained – was Sharad happy? Aiming to become a master...

April 30, 2021
Daniel Hart 2
Ending Explained, Film, Netflix

This article discusses the ending of the Netflix film The Disciple, so it will contain major spoilers.

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As I highlighted in my review, Netflix’s The Disciple loves and respects the curation of Indian classical music and the dedication that devoted vocalists bring. It’s a film that layers the mastery of music and how it can embed in a person’s identity and life. However, at the crux of it, The Disciple is truly about happiness — was Sharad happy?

Netflix’s The Disciple – the ending explained

The lead character spends most of the film attempting to refine his vocals amongst different settings — the shots regularly zero in on the character. It’s easy to analyze his every thought. He wants to be a master, just like his master Guruji. His striving for perfection places the character into self-doubt and plenty of sacrifices (holding off marriage and a family), leading to many issues that bring an existential crisis.

After spending most of his life dedicating himself to his craft, Sharad reaches a conclusive point where he has to make a decision, which brings a touching and satisfying finish.

What happens next?

In the end, Sharad helps set up a company that maintains and progresses North Indian Classical music to reserver Alwar’s legacy. The company will be offering collections, music classes, and resources.

In the end, Sharad chose happiness — he had spent his entire life aiming for a goal that became more insurmountable as he got older, but in the end, I believe the character understood that the curation and preservation of the music itself are what made him happy, and thus, became more important to him. There’s more than one way to create a legacy.

What do you think of the ending of The Disciple? Comment below with your interpretations and opinions.

2 thoughts on “The Disciple ending explained – was Sharad happy?

  • May 3, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    I felt that the last scene showed what might have been: a wife, a child, ordinary happiness. But the Sufi song seemed to say that you can plant something, ie pursue your passion, but you cannot control the result. So it looked to me as though he was not going to succeed, but would remain in the same trap, like his father. However, I found the scene confusing in the end. Thank you for your interpretation, it helped me to clarify my thoughts on the matter.

  • May 7, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Was Sharad ‘happy’? He has a beautiful wife and child. He has a job maintaining the relevance and importance of Northern Indian classical music. He is comfortable in his own skin. But, as the last scene tells us, his cause in the long run is a lost cause: the future always moves on from the past and in due time this music will become a footnote in Indian musical history. Most people will gravitate to what’s new and ‘popular’. I think Sharad now knows this as fact but he takes solace in knowing that he has done his part to honor his guru and his music for all eternity. He can do no more than what he has done. He is content, if not ‘happy’. (Frankly, though, that last scene can’t have made him ‘happy’ in the moment — not when the sitar was being mangled by its player and his singing.)

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