Dil Bechara Review- Sushant’s final adieu with a power packed performance

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Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan, Swastika Mukherjee, Saswata Chatterjee and Sahil Vaid

Director: Mukesh Chhabra

As the entire country has been left shocked with the sudden demise of a terrifically talented Sushant Singh Rajput, his movie ‘Dil Bechara’ was making a lot of buzz since then. Everyone from the masses has been supporting and sharing to gather maximum momentum for the film, as a tribute to the late actor. My personal confession, had it not been for Sushant Singh Rajput, I would have not watched the premier show at least. For me it was not just a movie but the emotions which were the reason to watch him. His immensely convincing acting skills for his movies is a fodder enough to increase the appetite for his next movie. He had outshone in Kai Po Che, M S Dhoni, Byomkesh Bakshi, Sonchiriya and Chhichhore. I am sure the industry will miss him as he has left a void which remains unmatched for anyone elses calibre.

Now getting back to the movie ‘Dil Bechara’.

 

We all know that it has been adapted from John Green’s novel, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, a Young Adult romance about two people, Immanuel Rajkumar Junior aka Manny played by Sushant and Kizie Basu by Sanjana Sanghi. Their love story is based in very challenging circumstances.

The film is set in Jamshedpur with popular Bengali actors like Swastika Mukherjee and Saswata Chatterjee playing Kizie Basu’s parents. Renowned Carnatic musician, composer and Malayalam movie actress, the legendary Subbalakshmi plays Manny aka Sushant Singh Rajput’s grandmother.

The movie begins with a voice over by Kizie where she is seen attending funerals of unknown people. Being a thyroid cancer patient she finds solace in meeting these people who have lost their loved ones. She has an oxygen cylinder named Pushpinder, always with her. It is when she is living her monotonous and dull life, Manny comes as a breeze of fresh air fuelling her with energy. Manny is always found fooling around with his friend, JP (Sahil Vaid).

Manny flirts with Kizie, who is not interested in him initially. They meet again at a cancer counselling centre. JP is suffering from eye cancer, he has lost his one eye and will soon lose the other one to the operation. While Manny, previously afflicted with osteosarcoma, has a metallic rod in his lower right leg. Later we get to know that he too is suffering from bone cancer.

Kizie admires a singer called Abhimanyu Veer Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and Manny is a diehard Rajinikanth fan. However, it is the incomplete song of Abhimanyu Veer that she’s perplexed about and wants to know more about him, meet him. This becomes the reason for bonding and love between the couple as Manny joins her in fulfilling this dream. Also Manny convinces Kizie to be the heroine of his film based on Rajinikanth. 

Slowly the two suffering souls find refuge into each other only to realize that they are dying every single day. This definitely leaves you yearning for Sushant. There are many scenes and dialogues in ‘Dil Bechara’ which somehow resonate with Sushant’s real life and fans can’t help but draw similarities. 

Rajput shines in every bit of the character. He is so real that you will be left puzzled to think that has this powerhouse really left us forever?

Sanjana Sanghi is sweet, and AR Rahman’s soundtrack deserves all the applause it has received since it was released earlier this month.There are a number of comic sequences which have been done well and bring a life to the story. 

But for the film, it seems to be hurriedly-put-together. The result of this lackadaisical scripting and equally lax direction is that Dil Bechara lacks zest and depth. 

The points where I was left teary-eyed were Manny’s dialogues about death coming and especially that final scene is like bidding a final adieu to Rajput.  Apart from this, there was nothing which convinced me to be emotional about the plot. I believe that the storytelling should have been done in a more persuasive manner to connect the viewers.

Thank you Sushant for entertaining us all these years!!

You will be hugely missed!!

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