Dil Bechara is the official remake of the Hollywood hit The Fault in Our Stars (2014), starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. It is based on John Green’s novel of the same name. It stars Sushant Singh Rajput in his previous starring role. The film was scheduled to release in May, but its release was postponed due to a coronavirus epidemic and sadly Sushant committed suicide. Hence the release of the film on OTT has been made more poignant.
Director Mukesh Chhabra’s initial inspiration may be the book and the Hollywood film, but Dil Bechara also did the shades of the film Anand (1971) starring Rajesh Khanna. Sushant’s character Manny is similar to Rajesh Khanna’s character Anand. Like Anand, Manni also suffers from cancer but has an enthusiastic, positive attitude towards life. He makes friends easily and is basically romantic at heart. There is nothing indicated about her background that she is an alumnus of the college in which Kizi (Sanjana Sanghi) is studying. He is very filmy by nature and is a big fan of Rajinikanth. His dream is to make a complete masala film like Rajni films and he and his almost blind friend (Sahil Vaid) use their phones and handicams to make that dream come true. The strand has given director Mukesh Chhabra a way to play with the film’s design within the film. Which is an otherwise teardrop, which swells.
Kizi is also suffering from cancer and has to carry oxygen cylinders with her everywhere. The film becomes a type of silent character and is called Pushpendra. Kizi is not full of life like Minnie. She is more in tune with what is wrong with her and has accepted her fate. To be fair to him is also a romantic heart and is the lead amhara in a song composed by an independent musician. The song is incomplete and she keeps wondering why this is so. He gets to meet the musician in Paris – a delightful cameo by Saif Ali Khan – but Kizzy is disillusioned when he actually meets his hero.
Some scenes remind you of Basu Chatterjee’s films of Yours – such as Manni and Kizhi’s father (played by Saswata Chatterjee) with the bad culinary skills of his mother (Swastik Mukherjee). Or mother-daughter fights, which end in a hag and a smile. It is a pleasure to see both Saswat and Swastika. They appear as parents in real life – very concerned for their daughter, but still wish they had as full a life as possible. They feel well as a happy married couple. Both Bongs, it helps when they start quarreling in Bengali in between.
Sanjana Sanghi made a blissful debut as the girl who least hopes she finds love. She discovers life in the process and realizes that bliss, even in small amounts, is something to please. Sushant’s character Mani seems to feel a bad wind around him. Perhaps our reactions would have been different had he been alive. You can create a sad vein behind jokes and laughter. Sushant always falls under the skin of his characters and has acted so effortlessly here too. The source material tells the story of star-crossed lovers and this sentiment is transmitted to Dil Bechara as well. You want Kizi and Manny to live, to live, to be happy in their love. Smiling moving forward. Perhaps the film, with its message of positivity, Pyaar Ki, is the perfect goose-song from Sushant for the legacy of his fans…
|Cast:||Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Swastika Mukherjee, Saswata Chatterjee, Sahil Vaid|
|Duration:||1 hours 41 minutes|