Dil Bechara (translated. The Helpless Heart) is a romantic Hindi coming of age drama in 2020 directed by Mukesh Chhabra in his directorial debut. Starring Sanjana Sanghi and Sushant Singh Rajput, based on John Green’s 2012 novel, “The Fault in Our Stars”. Main photography started on July 9, 2018 in Jamshedpur. The film’s release was postponed multiple times, first due to post-production delays and then again due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. It finally launched on July 24, 2020 on Disney + Hotstar. It features the latest performance by Rajput, who died in June 2020. Instead of the actor’s disappearance, the film was made available to stream on the platform for free to both subscribers and non-subscribers.
Kizie Basu is battling thyroid cancer when she meets Immanuel Rajkumar Junior or Manny, who previously had osteosarcoma and is in remission. Manny and his friend JP, who suffers from glaucoma, are making a movie together, inspired by the Rajinikanth movies. Manny invites Kizie to be the female lead. The two are brought together by their love of Rajnikanth’s movies and their love of music, specifically an incomplete song by Abhimanyu Veer. Kizie and Manny gradually fall in love as they shoot scenes for the JP movie. After an operation, JP loses sight in his second eye, making him blind.
One day, Manny informs Kizie that he has managed to locate Abhimanyu Veer and contact him. Kizie emails Veer, who replies that she can visit her in Paris to get answers to her questions. Kizie and Manny convince Kizie’s parents to allow them to travel, on the condition that Kizie’s mother join them. As they make arrangements for the trip, Kizie’s cancer worsens and she is hospitalized.
After her recovery, she weakens and initially distances herself from Manny, but then gives in. They go to Paris to visit Veer, who turns out to have no conclusive answers, disappointing Kizie. Soon after, Manny informs Kizie that her cancer has returned and is now terminal.
As Manny’s health deteriorates, Kizie convinces him to finish the movie. Manny then invites JP and Kizie to their funeral drill, where they deliver accolades that they have both prepared. Manny dies shortly thereafter, leaving a letter for Kizie, explaining that he had finished Veer’s song for her, but that he eventually had to take Veer’s help for it. JP’s finished film opens in an open-air theater, where Kizie and the crowd experience the emotions Manny felt on screen. In the final scene of the movie, he breaks the fourth wall and talks to Kizie, to which she replies “Seri”.
Dil Bechara – Official Trailer – Sushant Singh Rajput – Sanjana Sanghi
Cast Of Dil Bechara
- Sushant Singh Rajput as Immanuel Rajkumar Junior, also known as Manny
- Sanjana Sanghi as Kizie Basu
- Sahil Vaid as Jagdish “JP” Pandey
- Saswata Chatterjee as Kizie’s father
- Swastika Mukherjee as Kizie’s mother
- Subbalakshmi as Manny’s grandmother
- Sunit Tandon as Dr. Jha
- Michael Muttu as Manny’s father
- Rajie Vijay Sarathe as Manny’s mother
- Franaita Jijina as Foizey
- Suresh Arora as P. Singh
- Baharul Islam as Father Anthony
- Anandita Sarkar as Mrs. Dcosta
- Saif Ali Khan as Abhimanyu Veer (cameo appearance)
Release Date Of Dil Bechara
Dil Bechara was originally released on November 29, 2019, as revealed by Rajput via his Twitter handle. However, the film was postponed due to delays in post-production. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced on November 15, 2019 that the film would be released on May 8, 2020. It was postponed once again as the country’s theaters were closed as part of a national blockade to combat the pandemic of COVID-19 in India. Following Rajput’s death from suicide in June 2020, Fox Star Studios announced that the film will air for free, regardless of subscriptions, on Disney + Hotstar from July 24, 2020. Chhabra said this would ensure that the film It could be “seen by many”. .
The official trailer for the film was released on YouTube on July 6, 2020 and became the world’s most beloved trailer within 24 hours of its release, with 4.8 million likes. Since then, it has become the most-loved movie trailer of all time on YouTube with over 10 million likes, surpassing previous record holders Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, which racked up 3.6 and 3.2 million likes in their respective first trailers.
The film earned praise for its acting performances and soundtrack, but received criticism for its direction and writing. Some drew parallels between Manny’s character and Rajput, noting that the film, the actor’s only posthumous release, served as a tribute to him. Sreeparna Sengupta of The Times of India wrote: “Sushant Singh Rajput, navigating the depth of her character, shines with a stellar performance that is sensitive, intense, alive and vulnerable. Sanjana Sanghi, who makes her debut in a lead role, gives safe, secure performance. Director Mukesh Chhabra and writers Suprotim Sengupta and Shashank Khaitan ensure the narrative flows, taking you through tender and moving moments. ” Writing for NDTV, Saibal Chatterjee gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, opining: “There are parts in Dil Bechara where editing seems somewhat rushed, leaving in its wake jerks that undermine the flow of the film. It creeps in one direction here and then he pushes another one there and ends up feeling a bit stretched at times. However, one can’t help but fall in love with Rajput and the debutant Sanjana Sanghi.”
In a review for Firstpost, Anna MM Vetticad rated the film 2 out of 5 and rated it as “an improperly produced movie that, far from relying on the positives of the original, subtracts them with its slippery rewriting, sloppy editing and ordinary production quality “but praised the performances and the main performance soundtrack.  Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express agreed and wrote: “Choppy and uneven are not good ways to give us a complete and soul-satisfying young love story, which only flares up sporadically. It is the occasional sweetness that Rajput and Sanghi achieve whisper. up the movie leads. ” Tanul Thakur of The Wire criticized the direction and characterization, noting that the film “has the luxury of impressive source material, but confirms an old cinematic truth: that a good film needs much more than a compelling story.” Kennith Rosario echoed this sentiment in her critique in The Hindu, writing: “Dil Bechara relies on the old tools of sentimental background scoring to compensate for her insufficient characterization, and the film appears to be a sequence of incidents, instead of taking a look at full life. “