How ironic it is that ‘death’ becomes the central theme of a film the fate of the protagonist who delves into the idea of climbing into the depths of the character and rushes to embrace reality after completing his role.
Dil Bechara is a recently released Bollywood film that features such a reel and a real book also has a Hollywood version of the same name.
Based in Jamshedpur, Dil Bechara focuses on the beautiful relationship that blossoms between Kizzie and Manny. A film that shows the meeting of two young souls who can empathize and connect with each other while life plays its cruel oscillating games.
Both suffer from terminal illness. While Kizze is suffering from thyroid cancer, Manny is currently in remission, suffered from osteosarcoma and lost a leg as a result. The film has had a very difficult journey and is finally here to be watched by millions, but without the charming hero Sushant Singh Rajput.
Every character that appeared in the film, from the main characters to the main couple, seemed to belong to this world created in Jamshedpur, and credit should be given to Mukesh Chhabra’s impeccable casting. The supporting cast Swastika Mukherjee and Saswata Chatterjee as Kizie’s parents have one of the most memorable scenes in the movie.
The National Geographic obsessed father is a carefree yet loving figure of the family and the mother worried and worried about her daughter’s suffering, devoting her entire life to making Kizie’s life fun. We often hear our mothers and grandmothers say, “The greatest suffering for a mother is to watch her child die in her life.” Swastika Chatterjee as an actor makes us believe the intensity of this suffering.
Sahil Vaid has already given commendable performances in a number of films, including Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya and Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya. In this movie he effortlessly played the role of JP, a stereotypical friend of the hero. Saif Ali Khan in a cameo by a popular singer is notable. But the film’s shining stars appear to be the lead couple, Sanjana Sanghi and Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sanjana Sanghi, who was seen as a child actress in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar, is charming, sweet, confident, and easy to put on the shoes of a girl who wants to find something beyond her boring routine. True to the depth of a character suffering from deadly cancer but refusing to give up the vibrancy of life, Sushant Singh Rajput shines with a show-stealing performance.
He teaches Kizie that despite all the problems, hardships and tragic sides of life, one must have a positive and optimistic outlook. Kizie is obsessed with the idea of meeting a famous singer, Abhimanyu Veer Singh, and asking him about the meaning of an incomplete line in one of his songs. However, her parents, deeply concerned about her pathetic health, find no reason to allow her such a long journey from Jamshedpur to Paris.
Manny tells Kizie’s dad that her dream might look weird, but it’s worth pursuing. The chemistry between Sushant and Sanjana is infectious and sweet. Sushi’s dance to Dil Bechara’s title track, sung by AR Rahman and beautifully choreographed by Farah Khan, reminds you how great he was as a dancer.
The film’s music is composed by AR Rahman and lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. After a long hiatus, AR Rahman composed and sang for a Bollywood movie. No one can compete with him when it comes to music. Some of his best works include Rang De Basanti, Slum Dog Millionaire, and Rockstar to name a few. He’s back with a bang.
I won’t say the music is extraordinary, but it is sweet and stays with you for a long time. It forces you to hum and dance to the tunes. My favorites from the album are Taare Ginn, Maskhari and Dil Bechara title track.
Director Mukesh Chhabra and writers Suprotim Sengupta and Shashank Khaitan take you through some moving moments between the characters. The dialogues are simple but astonishingly impressive. There are many beautiful moments in the movie. One of my favorites is when Kizie and Manny meet the singer Abhimanyu Veer Singh and ask him why his song Mein Tumhara is incomplete? To which he replies, “The song is incomplete because life itself is incomplete.”
The film is filled with beautiful and heartbreaking moments. The recent death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput blurs the line between reel and real. It feels like the movie is based on an actor’s own life. Sometimes while watching the movie you feel like freezing the frame and taking Sushant Singh Rajput out of the frame. In the role of Sushant, I remember Manny saying, “Can we just pretend I’m not dying?” So can we just pretend he’s alive and keep enriching the industry with his amazing acting? Dil Bechara is definitely a must for fans of Sushant.
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