Dil Bechara

Dil Bechara (transl. The helpless heart) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic drama film which is the directorial debut of Mukesh Chhabra.

It features the last film performance by Rajput, who died in June 2020.

Today I am not writing this article with an attempt to review this Movie

  • We all know it an adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • I, for starters have not read the Novel nor seen the Movie it’s based on
  • Unlike me, there are many of you who must have either read the novel/watched the movie
  • I am just going to put my thoughts about what I experienced when I watched this movie
So, I am just going to list out what I felt while watching this one and why we should watch it BUT, not as a Movie:
  • The YA Novel borrows it’s title from the Shakespeare‘s play, Julius Caesar
  • The theme of this title is captured succinctly by Khaitan and Sengupta’s screenplay
  • Dil Bechara’s Direction capitalizes on this trope effectively
  • There are moments that are adorable, affable and heart warming
  • Then, there are other’s which lend to the irony of the Premise and the Central Character
  • Now, that we know what happened to Rajput these scenes lend Gravitas to those moments
  • The Dialogues as well haunt us when these sequences are underway

Sushant Singh Rajput & Sanjana Sanghi
  • It really doesn’t matter if the screen play is shoddy or weak at times
  • It’s over looked because Dil Bechara immerses us into the journey
  • Right from the first frame, Kizie pulls us in without letting go
  • Manny arrives a few moments later and then it’s next to impossible
  • Letting Go doesn’t remain an option after a while
  • The Direction keeps us engaged right up until the last frame
Sushant Singh Rajput
  • The Cinematography is delightful
  • It glides effervescently through the City of Steel
  • We experience Jamshedpur through the Rose Tinted View of Kizie & Manny
  • The Music by A. R. Rahman keeps us invested in their Love, Their Battles, Their Resolve
  • Each Number belted by Rahman is soul soothing and Catchy

The Most Endearing Aspect? The Characters:

  • We also get to see other characters who witness Kizie & Manny’s love along with us
  • Kizie’s Parents, Manny’s Friend, The Local Rickshaw Fella
  • They are equal parts Compatriot’s in this Love story
  • Sanjana Sanghi as Kizie is confident, goofy, charming and lends able support to Rajput’s Manny
  • She displays a vulnerability to Kizie and her thoughts
  • She carries the part with Aplomb and Grace
Sanjana Sanghi

Finally, it boils down to Manny – Sushant Singh Rajput

  • He essays a role we have seen before many times
  • However, he makes it his own
  • He adds layers of eccentricity to his Manny
  • At the same time, there is warmth to him that shows his realization
  • This realization that Life can be Fragile & Tragic
  • It is surreal and feels weird when he brings us face to face with that moment
  • However he also affirms that despite the short comings of Life, We Have A Choice
  • The Choice is how we react to Life
The Depiction of this Point essayed by Rajput is what made me somber once the Movie ended
  • Dil Bechara and Rajput’s Life literally mirror each other and Vice versa
  • It felt like I was witnessing a Homage and not a Movie
  • The feeling that I will never see Rajput on screen again was gut wrenching
  • This is where Dil Bechara won me over
  • The Journey, The Realization and the Experience of A Choice!
Sushant Singh Rajput

Today, I am not going to recommend this Movie to Any One

All, I will say is this:

  • Dil Bechara is an Ode, A Tribute, A Homage
  • It Feels So because of The Actor who gave us His Final Performance
  • Even That Final Act was enough to Touch Our Lives
  • To Make Us Feel: We All Do Have A Choice, Always!
  • We Should Watch it for that Choice….
Dil Bechara



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