- Based on John Green‘s 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, it stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi.
- Filming commenced on 9 July 2018 in Jamshedpur.
- The film’s release has been postponed multiple times, due to post-production delays and then again due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
- It was released on 24 July 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar.
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
- 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
- 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
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!
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….