Dil Bechara premiered on Disney+ Hotstar on 24 July 2020. Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, the film is the official Hindi adaptation of the 2014 movie The Fault In Our Stars which was adapted from the novel of the same name by John Green. That movie received much love and fanfare from audiences worldwide.
The film is Sushant Singh Rajput’s last Bollywood project after the actor passed away earlier this year.
Starring Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan, Sahil Vaid, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, and Sushant Singh Rajput, the movie was initially called Kizie Aur Manny.
Love Finds Its Way, Always.
“Kehte hai pyaar neend ki tarah hota hai, dheere dheere aata hai aur fir aap usme kho jaate hai” – Kizie Basu.
When I started watching Dil Bechara, I had a lot of thoughts and emotions running through my head as the film has a lot of sentiments attached to it. But one thing I had clear in my head was that I wasn’t going to compare this movie to The Fault in Our Stars.
Whenever a movie is adapted in an altogether different language for a diverse audience, creative liberty and story changes become an integral part of the making. Dil Bechara is suited to an Indian Bollywood audience but it doesn’t lose its essence as an adaptation. The film is poignant, beautiful and heartwarming.
As the story progresses and takes us closer to Manny aka Immanuel Rajkumar Junior and Kizie, you cannot help falling in love with them. Two people, suffering but still trying to fulfil each other’s silly wishes because – “Apni khushi kisi aur mein hona bhi ek jazbaat hai.”
Being in love, grinning over silly things, and not being able to stay away from each other makes you smile and definitely gives you butterflies and sobs. The film is crisp and does not push its way to the climax. It goes on in a natural flow, making it one emotional ride for the viewers.
“Janm kab lena hai aur marna kab hai ye hum decide nhi kar sakte par kaise jeena hai vo hum decide kar sakte hai,” – Manny.
As I said, love finds its way, always. And so it did – in Kizie and Manny. They travel to Paris for something that was equally important to them and here comes the question – how do you keep your promise of living happily ever after, after the one you made that promise to dies? Difficult, right?
Sanjana Sanghi as a debutant playing Kizie Basu is flawless. You feel the happiness and sadness through her eyes. Sushant Singh Rajput as Manny brings alive the character of a bubbly boy with a will to live, love and laugh. Saswata Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee as Mr and Mrs Basu are the links that hold the film together even tighter. The depiction of protective and loving parents by them is just beautiful. On the other hand, Saif Ali Khan brings to you the question about life and death, happiness and grief.
Stream It or Skip It
STREAM IT! Dil Bechara is a beautiful movie that will make you smile but will leave you in a puddle of tears and emotions. As I reached the end of the film, I was overwhelmed and in tears because the loss of a beloved is something unimaginable.
The film has a simplistic element to itself, it has no grandeur or unwanted elements. It’s pure and perfect. Bonus is the soundtrack of the film. It’s heart-touching and especially the song ‘Tum Mere ho.’
I hope the film brings closure to the nation after the demise of SSR, which we are still reeling from.
“Perhaps, the difference between what is miserable, and that which is spectacular, lies in the leap of faith… #selfmusing” – Sushant Singh Rajput.
Dil Bechara is streaming now on Disney+ Hotstar.
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