2020 has been the worst year, but what was more shocking was the news of the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, one of India’s finest and promising actors. His last film, Dil Bechara released on 24th July on Disney+ Hotstar.
Dil Bechara Review
Director Mukesh Chhabra’s directorial debut Dil Bechara, produced by Fox India, is an official remake of Josh Boone’s 2014 hit “The Fault in Our Stars”, based on a novel by John Green. What Dil Bechara does differently is adding the Indian sentiments, changing some scenes, and add melancholic songs composed by no other than Maestro A.R. Rahman.
Kizzie Basu, played by Sanjana Sanghi, is a young college-goer, fighting with thyroid cancer and listening to her favorite album by Abhimanyu Veer on a loop that lives a mundane until Immanuel Rajkumar Jr. aka Manny, played by Sushant Singh Rajput enters her life.
A senior graduate of her college and also goes to the same cancer patient support group, as he previously suffered from osteosarcoma, lost a leg and is in remission, along with his filmmaker friend JP affected by glaucoma, played by Sahil Vaid. A Rajnikant lover Manny lights up the life of Kizzie and both fall for each. Love blossoms but destiny have already decided their fates.
If you have read the novel or watched the American version of the film, you already know how this movie is going to play out. But the director has taken some liberty to change some scenes or backstories which doesn’t feel copy-paste and comes off as a genuineness. Instead of “okay?”, It’s “Seri?”, Tamil for Okay.
Another example, our Kizzie is in love with the music album by Abhimanyu Veer (played by Saif Ali Khan) and wishes to meet her and ask why he never finished the song, unlike Hazel’s obsession with “An Imperial Affliction” and to meet its writer Van Houten and ask him why he never continued writing. But both Kizzie and Hazel are heartbroken after they meet him.
Likewise, the portrayal of Indian parents is true to its roots, with a strict but caring mother, played by Swastika Mukherjee (she never fails to amaze) and an endearing father played by Saswata Chatterjee (another finest actor of our Indian cinema). You can see the pain of thinking about losing his daughter through his eyes but he always keeps a smile on his for his daughter.
Background score and soundtracks are composed by Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman, with “Main Tumhara” playing throughout the film in the background, “Khulke Jeene Ka” and “Taare Ginn” gets special mention for the soulful lyrics and refreshing music.
Sanjana Sanghi looks adorable throughout the film and pulls the film with ease.
Now the hero of the show, Sushant Singh Rajput, effortlessly pulls off the charisma of Manny, puts a smile on your face throughout when he is trying to impress Kizzie or his family, or rather living his life. But last 30 mins is when you need to grab the tissues when Manny with teary-eyed realizes his condition is getting worse. The last scene becomes surreal as it comes to close to reality.
“Kya hum abhi pretend nahi kar sakte ki main mar nahi raha?” We can only pretend Sushant, you will always be in our hearts.
The last scenes feel a bit rushed with choppy editing but could be excused as this film was on editing the table during the start of the global pandemic. Also, Saif Ali Khan’s character Abhimanyu Veer’s justification for his arrogant behavior is left clueless. Cinematographer Satyajit Pandey has captured gorgeous portrayals of Jamshedpur and Paris, and color palettes are breezy and soothing to eyes.
Wrapping it up, if you have read the novel, don’t miss this to experience with different cultural settings, and for Sushant. Seri? After reading Dil Bechara Review if you want to watch this movie you can visit Official Streaming Page of Hotstar. Let us know what you think of the review and the film. Are you gonna recommend it to your friends or let it pass as another Hollywood adaptation?