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Dil Bechara is Bollywood’s adaptation of John Green’s book ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and the Hollywood movie by the same name. Directed by Mukesh Chhabra and produced by Fox Star Studios, the film stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi. The movie marks the last act of the young actor Rajput, who passed away in June 2020.
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan, Swastika Mukherjee, Saswata Chatterjee and Sahil Vaid.
Streaming on: Disney+hotstar
IMDb rating: 9.5/10
Set in Jamshedpur, Dil Bechara tells the story of a young couple battling cancer who fall in love in the face of imminent death.
Kizie Basu (Sanghi) is a quiet, introverted young girl who suffers from thyroid cancer. Her best friend is her oxygen support which she has named Pushpinder. Kizie longs for a normal life where her problems are limited to regular things like crushes and boyfriends. Yet, she takes the battle against cancer in her stride and goes about her life as usual.
Kizie meets Immanuel Rajkumar Junior aka Manny(Rajput) in her college and later at her cancer support group. She learns that he is a cancer survivor and is in remission. Though initially irritated by Manny, Kizie soon falls in love with him. However, their happiness is not destined to last long as cancer rears its ugly head yet again.
The movie stays true to the original version and is only altered to incorporate some Bollywood touches to appeal to the audience. The adaptation works surprisingly well and the result is a short, well-told story about hope and love in the face of adversity. The dramatic scenes are not long-drawn and tug at your heartstrings. The essence of a new romance between Manny and Kizie is captured and very beautifully portrayed.
The highlight of the movie is undoubtedly the performance of the leading pair. Sushant Singh Rajput is exceptional as Manny. He handles the complexities of the character with ease and charm. Watching him dance in the title track of the movie, for the very last time, will surely bring tears to the eyes of his fans. Immanuel Rajkumar Junior is a fine addition to Rajput’s repertoire of outstanding work over a short period of time in the film industry.
Sanjana Sanghi, in her debut role as Kizie Basu, has exceeded all expectations. Her performance is fresh, confident and effortless. The supporting cast has done a good job too. Saif Ali Khan in a cameo is impressive, as usual.
Music by A. R Rahman adds soul to the romance. Cinematography is commendable. However, the direction is unexceptional.
The story, though a known one, still touches your heart. With a poignant premise, the movie is intense and emotional. Fortunately, the addition of elements of a typical Bollywood movie has only enhanced the story.
However, Dil Bechara will always be remembered primarily as Sushant Singh Rajput’s final act. With his untimely demise still fresh in the minds of people, his last movie about the transitory nature of life may just be the closure his fans are seeking. Watch it for him, to see him smile one last time.
Viewed and Reviewed by The Review Owl.