Dil Bechara is the last film of Bollywood hero Sushant Singh Rajput who committed suicide recently. There’s lots of buzz around the project and fans waited eagerly to watch it. Co-starring Sanjana Sanghi and directed by Mukesh Chhabra, Dil Bechara is now streaming for free on Disney Plus Hotstar.
Immanuel Rajkumar Junior aka Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput) and Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) are poles apart who meet each other during a college fest. While Kizie has thyroid cancer, Manny has osteosarcoma. They fall in love and spend time together. While Manny is a big fan of Rajinikanth, Kizie is a die-hard fan of writer and composer Abhimanyu Veer (Sai Ali Khan) who disappears leaving the title track incomplete for his own reasons. The journey that they take together as they help each evolve and embrace life’s imperfections is the driving force of the narrative.
The film is based on novelist John Green’s bestseller The Fault in Our Stars. As a debutant director, Mukesh Chhabra manages to impress, especially with his casting of the secondary cast. However, the declining script plays the spoilsport in the romantic drama. Shashank Khaitan and Suprotim Sengupta penned the screenplay. Though there are some magical moments, slowness especially in the second half brings boredom. However, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi make the film an engaging watch with their wonderful performances. Of course, AR Rahman gave life with his sound tracks and background score. Camera work is neat, so is editing work. Production values are ideal.
Sushant Singh Rajput is charming as always. He as Manny is an extension to his real-life persona- he is humorous, smart, thoughtful, expressive, and naughty but never over the top. His performance in the film will be remembered and revered by his fans for years to come. Sanjana Sanghi lives every moment in the film as Kizie Basu, like a cloak on her real-life character and personality. In her scenes with Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi is terrific and manages to hold her ground. Saswata Chatterjee impresses big time as Kizie’s father and Swastika Mukherjee is equally impressive. Sahil Vaid gives comic relief, wherein Saif Ali Khan is good in a cameo.
Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi
AR Rahman’s Music
Insufficient Entertaining Elements
Given its sensitive premise, the film makes for a very emotional watch. Even as the story has underlying message of celebrating life despite knowing the unavoidable inoculates it with an infectious energy. Especially in the form of Manny’s character who wants to literally take hold of every moment of the day.
The film begins with Sanjana narrating the story- Ek Tha Raja… Ek Thi Rani... You know how that ends... They die... That's the end of the story. On reel as in real life, Sushant Singh Rajput left us all with this very lesson. Coming back to story, Sanjana Sanghi suffers from thyroid cancer which requires her to be on oxygen support almost all the time. On the other hand, there’s this happy go lucky guy who appears to be a normal guy without any problems in life. But, he has osteosarcoma and days are numbered for him. The journey of the two is very pleasant with bliss every time they see together. Things go smoothly, until she falls sick badly just before she gets prepared to meet her favorite composer and singer Abhimanyu Veer in Paris alongside Sushant and her mother.
The magic however is missed in the second half due to slowness in narration. The Paris, however, is shown beautifully. Saif Ali Khan’s cameo makes great impact. The character indeed gives a strong message. The love proposal scene is surely one of the bests. The pre-climax portions show the bitter truth about Sushant’s health condition. And then, the climax is very emotional that it will bring you to tears. You will give send off to Sushant with teary eyes for sure.
All in all, Dil Bechara is a worth-watching film. If you are a Sushant Singh Rajput’s fan, you will love it to the core. If you aren’t a fan, you still love major portion of the film. We must say that, it’s a perfect tribute and farewell for SSR. CJ gives 3 star rating for the film and we recommend everyone to watch it.