Dil Bechara: Sushant Singh Rajput’s swan song features him in his most romantic avatar


In a film career spanning just about seven years, Sushant Singh Rajput managed to play a wide variety of roles and displayed the kind of versatility and range many actors fail to show in a career that stretches up to a couple of decades. Out of all the films he did, ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, ‘Raabta’ and ‘Kedarnath’ can be classified as films that had a love story (or two at the core of it). Even his cameo in ‘P.K’ gave Sushant the scope to play a romantic hero on screen. However, none of these films were out-and-out romantic films. There were other themes or ideas that took centre-stage in each of these films and one still longed to see Sushant in a full-fledged romantic avatar.

While ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ explored the hypocrisy that exists in smaller towns and cities of the country, ‘Raabta’ was touted to be a reincarnation saga that could not go all the way and left a lot to be desired as far as the execution is concerned. ‘Kedarnath’ was designed to be a romantic drama but played out more like a social film.

One will finally get to see him in a role like that in ‘Dil Bechara’ which will also be the late actor’s last film as an actor. An official adaptation of the American author’s John Green’s novel ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, ‘Dil Bechara’ is a coming-of-age film that explores the journey of two characters who are in love but do not have a lot of time to be with each other. While the book was received very well by the audience, the film, too, found a place in the audience’s hearts.

Sushant had always looked up to Shah Rukh Khan and in many of his interviews, he had expressed the desire to play an out-and-out romantic hero in films, just like Khan did in many of his films. This one is a contemporary romantic tale that has already reached out to a large number of people across the globe and one definitely looks forward to see how well debutante director has managed to localise the content while keeping the emotions intact. It is also interesting to note that the film has dialogues written by Shashank Khaitan who has three successful romantic comedies/dramas (‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’, ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ and ‘Dhadak’) to his credit as a director.

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