Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Sahil Vaid, Sunit Tandon
Director: Mukesh Chhabra
Music composed by: A. R. Rahman
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Watching Sushant Singh Rajput in Dl Bechara for one last time is emotional and breaks our heart.
Long before reviews of ‘Dil Bechara’ were out on the Internet, IMDb already had a public rating of 9.9 out of 10 for the movie! Such is the void that Sushant Singh Rajput left in the lives of his fans, who still do not want him to fade away post his untimely demise. His last film, which ironically is the first for debutante Sanjana Sanghi, will be remembered not for the performance of the late actor but for the hearts he had won in his short-lived entertainment career. Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, ‘Dil Bechara’ is the official remake of John Green’s ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, which was later adapted into the titular Hollywood movie, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.
The film begins in the steel city of Jamshedpur, with a terminally ill Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) narrating the everyday events of her rather colorless life. Suffering from thyroid cancer and walking around with an oxygen cylinder on her shoulder has made the young girl even more pessimistic towards life, which she thinks is not worth living. At her cancer support group, she meets Emmanuel Rajkumar Jr (Sushant Singh Rajput), who is affectionately called Manny by the many friends he has. Although Kizie does not warm up to the boisterous Manny initially, she starts getting attracted to him on subsequent meetings.
Manny, who is full of life, had osteosarcoma in the past, which claimed his right leg, leaving him in prosthetics. A cancer survivor, he develops a liking towards Kizie the moment he sets his sight on her; but Kizie does not want people’s sympathies and is afraid of commitment, blaming her disease for all the troubles it would cost her partner later on. When Manny enters into her dull life, Kizie starts changing positively and realizes life is not about sulking and brooding over, but living in the moment.
Kizie and Manny fall in love and start seeing each other more often. Her parents are initially apprehensive about their love, but give in eventually, hoping it will make her happier. Kizie expresses her desire to meet Abhimanyu Veer (Saif Ali Khan), a once sensational musician, who disappeared without a trace, leaving one of his most iconic songs incomplete, which Kizie is deeply attached to. Once when Kizie is taken to the hospital when she is faced with breathing problems, Manny takes it upon himself to take her to Paris, where Abhimanyu is now settled and had contacted them over correspondence.
When they meet her childhood icon, they are shocked to see how despicable the artist actually is when he berates them in public and pokes fun at their condition. They leave devastated and return home, where Manny confesses that his cancer has relapsed and now he doesn’t have much time to live…
‘Dil Bechara’ is an emotional journey that celebrates the life of the young talent called Sushant Singh Rajput on reel. It is his film entirely and he has made sure it left a lasting impact on the minds of his fans. A lot of his dialogues hurt you in the heart and his sparkling eyes, with which he was capable of emoting, leave you wanting more from him. Although newcomer Sanjana Sanghi is also effective as the forever morose cancer patient, audiences sympathize with Rajput’s character on a more personal level.
A. R. Rahman’s music is fresh and so are the lyrics. The dialogues leave an impact; however, same cannot be said for the screenplay, which lacks the pace. The story seems to end abruptly without proper closure for the character that died, which might leave audiences divided in their opinion. Although the film might mint all the money due to the personal loss associated with it, but truth be told, there is not enough one should expect from the film. In totality, ‘Dil Bechara’ is a regular Bollywood movie with all the elements thrown in for effect.
The film opens with a quote from Sushant Singh Rajput and ends with a montage of his pictures from the movie with the words – You will always be missed – which leave you truly shattered from the inside. Watch it once for the talent that left too soon!
Eventznu Rates Dil Bechara: * * ½