It is possible that some of the urban audience have read John Green’s novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and have also seen the Hollywood film made on it.
Nevertheless, they will get novelty in this film. Shashank Khaitan and Supratim Sengupta introduced him to new characters in a new environment. The Indian adaptation of the original novel and English film into Hindi has come into the familiar realm of stories/love stories of Hindi films, where the grief of the leading characters amidst impending death, love-tension, worry-apprehension and desire to live life She lives The message remains to live the present fully.
Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, ‘Dil Bechara’ is a love story of Kizi Basu and Immanuel Rajkumar Jr. aka Maini of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand.
Jamshedpur is a unique city in the country, where people of different religions, castes, and creed, mainly from different states of the country are inhabited. This is the inhabited city of industrialist Tata, where the localism of the state of Jharkhand is now visible. It is still a small cosmopolitan city.
Kizi (Bengali), Maini (Christian), JP (Bihari), Dr. Jha, and other associate characters speaking in the local accent of Jamshedpur seem genuine. They do not appear to be artificial and fabricated artificial characters.
The novelty of ‘Dil Bechara’ is more narrative than the story. The daughter of a Bengali mother-father born in Zambia, Kiji is suffering from thyroid cancer. A small cylinder of oxygen (Pushpendra) moves along. Familiar with his certain death, Kiji’s desire to think, live, and love like a normal woman is over.
She remains tied, depressed, and extinguished despite the parents’ special care due to daily medical examinations and recommendations. On the other side is Manny. It is learned that he is also suffering from bone cancer, but he lives in a carefree style. He is a super fan of Rajinikanth.
After the film’s meeting, the story moves forward. The traditional story narrated by ‘Dil Bechara’ Nani was ‘Ek Tha Raja, Ek Thi Rani’. The story ends with ‘Dono mar gye khatam Kahani’.
There is a dialogue of Manny in the film, ‘When to be born, when to die, we cannot disguise, but how can we live, we can disguise it(जन्म कब लेना है, मरना कब है, हम डिसाइड नहीं कर सकते, पर जीना कैसे हैं, वह हम डिसाइड कर सकते हैं). Manny’s life is reminiscent of many films like Jeevan Darshan and Lifestyle ‘Anand’, where death-stricken characters convey the message of life with their vivacity and liveliness.
While watching ‘Dil Bechara’, an off-screen image of Sushant Singh Rajput playing the character of Barabas Mani emerges. The truth of his recent untimely and unnatural death seems to be blinding. The thinking, life, and death of Manny and Sushant Singh Rajput character and artist begin to fade.
In the dialogues of the film, the echoes of Agat are heard. While watching the film, the vacuum created by the death of Rajput starts echoing. The feeling of not having a potential actor distracts. Barely a month has passed.
A movie full of freshness
There is a freshness in ‘Dil Bechara’. Director Mukesh Chhabra and his writers have not given extra sentiment to the characters. The artist is also far from melodramatic and melodrama.
Kiji, Manny, JP, and Kiji’s parents are spontaneous and neighborly kindred characters. The majority of the film is around Kiji’s family. Only a glimpse of Manny’s family is available. Why have the writers sidelined them? As an audience, we start worrying about Kiji.
Want to see his aspirations fulfilled. Along with Manny, we also want him to go to Paris and meet his favorite musician Abhimanyu Veer (Saif Ali Khan). Ask him why he left his favorite song incomplete? Scenes from the romantic city of Paris add to the romance of Kijie and Manny. The film was moving towards a happy ending then the story takes a sad turn.
Sanjana Sanghi and Sushant Singh Rajput have brought their characters Kizi and Maini on the screen with full seriousness and naturalness. Kiji’s hesitation, age, and innocence in Sanjana Sanghi. Sushant brings Manny alive with his performance.
We see the range of Sushant Singh Rajput. After ‘Kai Po Che’, ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’, ‘Kedarnath’, ‘Sonchiriya’, and ‘Chichhore’, he reveals new dimensions and intensity of acting in ‘Dil Bechara’.
But suddenly this talent….
The choice of Sathwa Chatterjee and Swastika Banerjee as Kiji’s mother and father is tremendous.
Both are natural and suitable for their characters. JP (Sahil Vaid) has given full support to Manny as a cancer-stricken friend. Dr. Jha (Sunit Tandon) is a cancer doctor.
In one scene of the film, Sushant Singh Rajput has made the pain of cancer effective and real with the facial expressions & without the dialogues. Those who have gone through the immense pain of cancer can understand it.
In ‘Dil Bechara’, the disease and cancer has been presented by the writer and director with the patient’s pain and the family’s sympathy and concern.
The song-music and dance in ‘Dil Bechara’ are remarkable. In the film’s title song, Farah Khan captures the agility, balance, and Bhavamudra of veteran dancer Sushant Singh Rajput in a take with the help of cameraman Setu very beautifully. The bridge has given a beautiful glimpse of Paris. This is the specialty of the film. AR Rahman’s music has sounds and tone waves corresponding to the film.