Dil Bechara Review & Rating
Reviewing Dil Bechara, the last film of Sushant Singh Rajput objectively is a dared task. Based on John Green’s widely loved novel Fault In Our Stars, the film’s tragic end was predictable. However, the real and reel get entangled in the viewer’s mind only to make us sadder. Dil Bechara though isn’t flawless but will always be remembered how we lost an immensely talented actor who could have given many more remarkable performances.
Dil Bechara revolves around Kizie Basu (Sanjana) and Immanuel "Manny" Rajkumar Junior (Sushant), two young and charming people from a suburban city of India. Kizie and Manny, two star-crossed lovers met in a college fest, some cool singing and dancing take place. The guy loves popular music while Kizie is obsessed with an alternative musician who disappeared without a trace leaving her favorite song incomplete. Kizie and Manny fall in love. It looks like a perfect fairytale with one glitch.
Kizie is a terminally ill girl with lung cancer who needs to lug around an oxygen cylinder wherever she goes. Manny is a cancer survivor living life to the fullest with one fake leg. Manny’s friend Jagdish Pandey (Sahil Vaid), another cancer patient who is on the verge of losing his eyesight completes the team. Manny and Pandey together want to make a film with Kizie as the heroine.
Despite all the shortcomings and threats of short life span, the couple found happiness, became okay with each other, announcing Sheri – okay in Tamil – their own catchword. Mannie brought laughter in Kizzie's life. They even went to Paris in search of Kizzie's favorite musician who has left her favorite song incomplete. In the book, Fault In Our Stars and its Hollywood on-screen adaptation two protagonists fly to Amsterdam in search of the girl’s favorite author only to be disappointed by the cynical author. However, In Dil Bechara the musician is much different. Saif Ali Khan leaves a mark in his brief appearance.
In acting, debutante Sanjana Sanghi did justice to her role. Swastika Mukherjee as Kizie’s mother is effortlessly natural. The script has given Kizie’s father played by an amazing Saswata Mukherjee ore scope than its Hollywood version and he excelled in every frame he appeared. However, the movie belongs to Sushant Singh Rajput. He made everyone smile and cry with him. Alas, we won’t get anything from this good-looking, brilliant performer. He will be missed.
Direction, Screen-writing, Editing and Music
Screenwriters Shashank Khaitan and Suprotim Sengupta has given the credit to both The Fault in Our Stars author John Green and the screenplay writer of the 2014 Josh Boone film. Dil Bechara blends the inspiration taken from the original story with significant plot deviations to fit Indian taste and sensibility. The film lacks the sharp wit of Fault In Our Stars but rather goes with a pleasant humorous narration of the tale.
Dil Bechara is 20 has a 20 minutes less run time than Fault In Our Stars which is uncommon but not necessarily a good thing for this film. The editing looked rushed and leaves you unsatisfied. The audience may crave more in some scenes which certainly had more scope and could be explored little more. Film’s music by A.R. Rahman, however, makes up for these glitches. when Bollywood is only producing mediocre and unmemorable remixes music of Dil Bechara stands out with melodious and hummable tune.
Dil Bechara is about decease and pain but it is also about love, life and celebration. However, more than its content it is Sushant Singh Rajput and his presence on the screen which pulled our heartstrings. The film will surely go down in this history as the last film of Sushant Singh Rajput, a promising star who shone for a short while but shone brightly enough to become unforgettable.
- Sushant Singh Rajput’s entire presence
- Cast and Performances
- Breezy narrative
- A.R Rahman’s Music
- Flat screenplay at places
Pycker Rating: 3.5/5
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