Dil Bechara Review
Starring: Late Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Sahil Vaid, Swastika Mukherjee, Saswata Chatterjee and others
Director: Mukesh Chhabra
Adaptation: Shashank Khaitan, Suprotim Sengupta
DIL BECHARA is an Indian Adaptation of John Green’s novel ‘Fault In Our Stars’. Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) has shifted from Zambia to Jamshedpur along with her parents (Saswata Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee). Her life has turned upside down as she has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Because of which she constantly needs oxygen support to breathe. One day in her college she bumps into Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput) who she thinks of as too loud and a little too much at first. But then she realizes that even he’s suffering from a cancer (osteosarcoma) due to which one of his legs had to be amputated. Yet, he lives life to the fullest and this makes Kizie fond of Manny even more. Soon they start spending time with each other a lot. One day Kizie confesses to Sushant how much she loves an album of a musician named Abhimanyu Veer (Saif Ali Khan). Manny listens to his songs reluctantly but then he himself becomes a fan as well. Kizie also expresses to him her wish of meeting him once. Manny upon hearing this digs out Veer’s email and arranges a meet with him in Paria where he resides. Kizie’s parents are aghast upon hearing this and are against her flying in the condition she is in. But they are convinced and Kizzie’s mom decides to join them in the trip. The tickets are booked and everything has been sorted but suddenly Kizie’s health deteriorates and she has to be hospitalized. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
For those who have read the novel and are familiar with the original story know how emotional it is. DIL BECHARA has been released about a month or so after Sushant Singh Rajput’s sad and untimely demise on Disney+ Hotstar. This being Sushant’s swan song, makes the film even more emotional for the Indian audiences and with the fact that they could not even see it in theaters. But the fact still remains that we need to come together and cherish him however we can and keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Technically, the film has been good. The film has been shot well and looks great visually. Editing could have been more fine tuned. The music works well in the film and doesn’t bore you. The title track plays at the start of the film itself. The writing could have been a little better as that’s the only thing that brings the film down a little. The production design has been superb as well.
Performances have been brilliant. Late Sushant Singh Rajput in his last ever performance fits into Manny’s role perfectly. It ached our heart to see the wonderful performance and knowing that this will b the last time we get to cherish such a great talent in a film. Sanjana Sanghiin her debut does a great job. The rest of the cast offer good support. Sahil Vaid does really well and lightens the mood of the film with his good comedic timing. While Saswata Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee provide able support to the cast. Saif Ali Khan in his cameo is refreshing.
Director Mukesh Chhabra delivers a fine film as a debutant.
On the whole, would just like to mention that let us rejoice this wonderful actor;this film is a celebration of the actor. This film is for the million of those fans who have said goodbye, not only to him, but all their loved ones. The one message we took from the film and we hope everyone does too is when Sushant says, “Janam kab lena hai aur marna kab hai yeh hum decide nehi kar sakte, lekin kaise jeena hai woh toh hum decide kar sakte hai.” Have hope, have faith, be kind and spread love.