Disclaimer : This is not a movie review but simply a synopsis of the piece of cinema. This is purely for the labour of love and for the hard work which the movie was made with.
Dil Bechara starring Sushant Singh Rajput and the debutant Sanjana Sanghi has been the most awaited release so far in 2020 for obvious reasons. Read on to know why the movie was, is and will always be special till eternity.
Movie : Dil Bechara
Director : Mukesh Chhabra
Cast : Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Swastika Mukherjee, Sahil Vaid, Saif Ali Khan
The movie starts with a scene from a cemetery and an eulogy where we see Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) attending someone’s funeral and you right away start pondering that the film is gonna be heavy for obvious reasons. For those who have watched ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ or read the novel, it will have a different meaning all together as they will know already what it has in store for them. I have seen and read ‘TFIOS’ both, ie, the movie and the novel and before starting to watch ‘Dil Bechara’, I knew somehow what’s coming but to be honest, I couldn’t resist watching it at a go not because it’s my job but for the sheer love and respect for the actor/artist/overachiever Sushant Singh Rajput has been throughout his life.
Moving on, the movie which is an official adaptation of ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ has the same storyline with a few minor changes and is the directorial debut and the acting debut of Mukesh Chhabra and Sanjana Sanghi respectively.
The film starts with a scene from a cemetery which Kizie is attending and she begins to type in which seems like a daily blog entry in her laptop describing her life and herself. She terms it ‘sad’ and even says ‘Welcome to my boring life’ along with adding a lot of emotions which seem definitely not happy. She is suffering from thyroid cancer which is clearly one of the primary reason behind her sadness and the ‘din raat, bas dawaaiyaan’ story.
Enters Immanuel Rajkumar Jr aka Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput), a true Rajnikant fanboy, who is dancing on his song with complete abandon. His happy go lucky and filmy demeanour is evident in the introductory scene where his best friend Jagdish Pandey (Sahil Vaid) is seen having a gala of a time in the college campus with Manny. Manny is a free-spirited, fearless, funny and extremely filmy guy who has Osteosarcoma ie bone cancer but doesn’t let the disease affect his dreams and his life decisions. And from here, the story of Manny & Kizie starts which is a simple ‘boy meet girl’ tale where the girl finds the guy extremely arrogant and annoying at first but soon starts liking him after spending more & more time with him.
We see Manny doing all things which he wants without asking for permission from anyone from dancing in the auditorium to having a cigarette with him always but wait, he isn’t a smoker. When we listen to the song “Dil Bechara” and the lyrics sail through saying ‘Tu mujhe miss bhi na kare’ and we start feeling how it is the biggest irony of so many people’s lives right now.
Manny’s humour is embedded with one liners from iconic Bollywood films like Chak De India, Mr India etc while Kizie loves a faded musician Abhimanyu Veer Singh (Saif Ali Khan). She just loves and lives one of his incomplete song ‘Main Tumhara’. She is on her quest to find out why Mr Singh never completed the song and it remains one of her wishes. When Manny gets to know about it, he writes a mail to the faded & lost artist and even gets a reply from man himself. Kizie who always believed that there is no way to trace the artist is left amazed when she also reads the mail.
They both even start watching and listening to each other’s favourites so as to get to know each other. Kizie even joins Manny in doing the mad crazy activities which he does for his friends like throwing eggs on someone’s window and surprisingly, starts enjoying it herself. In a scene from a church in the movie, we soon start to develop a liking for the characters and begin to find out that even though they both are so different as humans, they somehow enjoy similar things. While Manny does it with an open heart and complete abandon, Kizie does it deep down inside. She even develops a sense of humour and starts smiling more often all thanks to Manny.
With the help of Manny, Kizie even reaches her everlasting dream of meeting his favourite musician and travel together to Paris but soon after interacting with Mr Singh, she gets a reality check which is bitter sweet. Her idol turns out a complete arrogant where even his sarcasm sucks filled with prude contrary to his deceptive image.
After the disastrous meeting, they both confront to the hard truths of life which can be very discomforting but hold true and we have to say that they were hard-hitting and had a piercing effect.
They fall in love in Paris which is metaphoric in countless ways and spend a night together. Kizie even proposes Manny in a powerful scene inside a cemetery talking about love, life and death at the same time before they return to India.
What happens next must not be revealed as we respect the fact that how it can give so many spoilers but we need to say it out loud that they can be hard-hitting and painful to say the least. When Sushant’s character asks questions like ‘Mujhe bhi miss karoge kya?’, they have a shrieking effect and we all know why. When I was watching the film, I wanted to say it out loud that we absolutely miss you and will always continue doing so till we meet you on the other side. Till then, you are alive with us in all the beautiful movies you did and with your magical craft. As Manny says in the film, “I am a fighter and I fought well”, we know you did SSR.
We loved watching your craft in the movie and you shined impeccably whenever we saw you on the screen. Your happiness was infectious and so was your gloom. Here is hoping many of us can get even a bit of the lesson we all need to learn in life after watching you in the film and start being kind and loving after all we are evolving hopefully with time.
Last but not the least, Sanjana Sanghi makes a promising debut where she shows that she has a lot to offer in future. Swastika Mukerjee is a delight to watch in the film with her oh-so-natural act which will remind you of your mothers. Lastly, Rahman’s music acts as the backbone of the film and is simply a treat for the ears and for those who love original scores.