A still from Dil Bechara, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi | Twitter
A still from Dil Bechara, starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi | Twitter
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A young star gone too soon, starring in a story about the ephemeral nature of life — it’s almost poetic. With its moving performances, Dil Bechara, Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film, will hopefully provide the sort of closure that the country, still reeling from his death, is looking for.

Based on John Green’s book, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, Dil Bechara is the story of a young couple looking for the silver lining around the dark cloud that is cancer. Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi in her debut) is a college student, an introvert and loner, who also happens to have thyroid cancer, which forces her to rely on an oxygen tank to breathe. Her quiet life is disrupted one day when she comes face to face with Immanuel Rajkumar Junior or Manny (Rajput), who graduated from her college a few years ago and is a cancer survivor. His over-the-top antics and love for everything Bollywood annoys Kizie in the beginning, but as a fascinated Manny pursues her, she softens towards him. The two fall in love, only to be rudely reminded of the inevitability of a terminal disease.

The story, largely, stays true to its origins and the Hollywood adaptation of it — with some Bollywood touches, of course. But the Indianised version actually works well in telling a short, sad story. What disappoints is the writing, which is just not substantial. The characters, while likeable, are not fleshed out with sufficient backstories or character arcs. Many scenarios and secondary characters appear without introduction or explanation. For instance, the opening scenes show Kizie attending a stranger’s funeral — something, it is hinted, she does often. But the habit is not referred to again, nor is it explained. This is tragic as it would have actually provided some much-needed depth to the character and story.

On the plus side, the film is short and crisp, and does not linger too much anywhere. The dramatic scenes are perfectly timed, just long enough to tug at your heartstrings, but not long enough to become boring or cringeworthy. The fresh young romance between Kizie and Manny is also shown well. A young couple in love, grinning over silly things and not being able to stay away from each other makes you smile and feel all the same butterflies in your stomach. This, of course, is largely due to Rajput and Sanghi’s performances, too.

Despite a lack of character motivation, the leading pair deliver a convincing performance. Rajput clearly sank his teeth into Immanuel’s character and his earnest efforts show through — he is the ever-laughing, jovial and bright Manny through and through. Sanghi, too, gives a good performance as the hesitant, shy but fun Kizie. Saswata Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee, as Kizie’s protective, loving parents, give us a realistic and refreshing portrayal of Indian parents without going over the top.

While we all know the story, the film still manages to touch your heart with its frank and lovely tone. It doesn’t overdo anything, and with that, acts like a much-needed balm to the grief we all experienced last month. Watch it.


Also read: It’s a dirty picture — that’s what Sushant Singh Rajput’s death reminds us about Bollywood


 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Loved Dil bechara movie..
    Tribute to Immanuel Rajkumar Junior.. sushanth Singh.
    First fifteen mins is somewhat slow, then until last forty five mins it’s full of comedy, last forty five it is fully emotional.. loved the acting of kizie Basu. Love u sushanth and sanjana sanghi. Great acting. I really miss you shushant sir
    Loved to see last film of Immanuel Rajkumar Junior and kizie basu’s first film. Thank u.. It is correct rating..
    Super film,……

  2. wish to watch dil bechara again! Best movie of ssr and best romantic film ever inspires you to live even when a loved one dies

  3. 100/100 the best film of 2020 we love you and miss you SSR! Such amazing acting and storyline directional is amazing a must watch with tissues

  4. Why Chicchore was not given an award at the star screen awards 2019 .All award ate fake and given to only Star kidos .Why why why .Sushant Sir Forever alive .God give Strength to his Father and Sisters .ae lost a gem ,Hero ,many more talents of Sir .Rest in piece.

  5. Madhavi pothukuchi I hope you read this and some were deep doing find something meaningful to make yourself happy
    This article is well written but you taste is pathetic
    I am sure all your life you would want attention and for those reason always chose an alternate opinion as to in your head gain a higher cognitive ground
    But reality is you are just sad and a disappointment
    Wishing you luck

  6. Loved Dil bechara movie..
    Tribute to Immanuel Rajkumar Junior.. sushanth Singh.
    First fifteen mins is somewhat slow, then until last forty five mins it’s full of comedy, last forty five it is fully emotional.. loved the acting of kizie Basu. Love u sushanth and sanjana sanghi. Great acting.
    Loved to see last film of Immanuel Rajkumar Junior and kizie basu’s first film. Thank u.. It is correct rating..
    Super film,……

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