Mumbai: Sushant Singh Rajput’s final film ‘Dil Bechara’ was released on Friday on Disney+Hotstar. Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, the film is the official adaptation of the popular novel and Hollywood film ‘The Fault In Our Stars’.
Similar to the novel and the Hollywood adaptation, Dil Bechara follows the story of Kizie Basu (played by debutante Sanjana Sanghi), a young girl suffering from thyroid cancer, and Immanuel Rajkumar Junior or Manny (Sushant), a boy whom she meets at a support group.
The film is narrated in a voiceover by Kizie Basu (Sanghi), a college student in Jamshedpur who discovers that it is next to impossible to resist the infectious energy, spirit and persistence of Immanuel Rajkumar Junior (Sushant Singh Rajput). Manny, as he is known, is equally taken by the college student whose constant companion is “Pushpinder”, her oxygen tank.
The film begins with a funeral, ends with a memorial and in the time between the two, meditates on the difficulties of living after losing someone. Early on, a dialogue talks about the non-existence of happy endings. On their first date Kizie and Manny, one terminally ill and the other in remission, go by the lakeside; Rajput wears a maroon t-shirt that says ‘Help!’.
The story, largely, stays true to its origins and the Hollywood adaptation of it with some Bollywood touches, of course. But the Indianised version actually works well in telling a short, sad story.
Dil Bechara has been given a beautiful nine-track music album by none other than the maestro, AR Rahman.
The songs of the film include titular song Dil Bechara, Taare Ginn, Khulke Jeene Ka, Maskhari, Friendzone, Main Tumhara, Afreeda, Mera Naam Kizzie, as well as an instrumental track called The Horizon of Saudade.