Dil Bechara : An emotional farewell to Sushant Singh Rajput!

With all that’s been happening in bollywood industry since the passing away of the 34 year old actor, Dil Bechara movie feels actually like a Crystal Ball prediction for 1 hour 40 minutes. The film is definitely a fitting and a well deserved farewell movie for Sushant Singh Rajput who was always treated like a guest in the industry and never allowed to settle down. Its hard to watch this movie without thinking of the elephant in the room, which is the sudden demise of this promising actor. In a way, it glorifies his struggle and in the end it fades away leaving a permanent impression on our hearts.

The premise is quite bold. In a world of feel good romance movies, crime thrillers and mindless comedies, Dil Bechara talks about the realistic challenges that we are facing these days. Health (physical and mental)! The director Mukesh Chabbra starts this movie just like any teen college flick. Usually the girl in such movies has heart aches or butterflies in the stomach but here Kizzie Basu (Debutante : Sanjana Sanghi) has a tumor in her Thyroid gland. She hardly comes across as a debutante and portrays a variety of emotions and expressions with great ease.

The setting is fixed : a middle class home, Jamshepur town, Tata Main hospital, College and a lakeside junkyard (with a view). This is where most of the movie revolves for most of the 100 minutes duration with the exception of Paris for 10 minutes. However there is never a dull moment in the movie all thanks to Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput) who not only brings cheer and life into Kizzie’s lifeless mind & body but also in the audiences mind. He plays a 23 year old ‘happy go lucky’ boy who is also arrogant and has a way of getting his wishes implemented. He fits the role perfectly. His partner in crime JP (Sahil Vaid) definitely evokes a laugh or two and fits easily into the character. JP wants to make a movie of his own, especially with Bhojpuri tastes in mind. Manny is a Rajnikanth Fan! Kizzie is a music lover. All three of them are united and engaged through art and they exploit this inclination to pull each other up whenever one of them is down with the burden of life. Literally.

A R Rahman is back with beautiful tracks. I am still waiting for them to grow on me but I love the track “Khulke Jeene Ka”. Its sad to hear how the two academy award winning music director is a victim of favoritism and misunderstanding in the hands of a talentless gang in the bollywood. I honestly did not know A R Rahman was the music director until two weeks ago when the trailer was launched.

True to its title, its the heart that always suffers. However it is a personal choice. We cannot make others suffer for us but if they want to suffer for us we must not stop them either.

Who would have thought people would act funny or misbehave in a funeral setting and if they do then try going one level deeper and understand they only do it because they don’t want to waste their short span of life attending funerals! It makes complete sense in a deeply philosophical point of view.

And who says life is normal for those who have a fairly healthy body. The artist who Kizzie adores and worships is definitely a sight to watch even though he makes his presence felt only for 2 minutes. Those 2 minutes felt like a lifetime thanks to his unpredictable mental condition.

Watch the trailer, then watch the movie. Otherwise you may not be ready for the deep roller coaster emotional ride that this movie promises to deliver.

–Varun Gowtham Mannava.


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