KARACHI: Sushant Singh Rajput’s death left people all over the world devastated and in utter disbelief. For most, if not all, the loss felt very personal. As a tribute to the artist and a last treat for his fans, Rajput’s last project, Dil Bechara, which was to release only a few weeks after his death was made available for people all over the world to watch for free on Disney + Hotstar.
Based on John Green’s novel The Fault in our Stars, the movie tells the story of Kizie (played by Sanjana Sanghi) and Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput), two cancer patients who fall in love with each other.
Dil Bechara may have been Mukesh Chhabra’s directorial debut with a script that most were already familiar with, but the way that he made it his own was amazing. From introducing new faces to the screen, all of whom performed their roles very well, to making the viewers laugh and cry within a matter of minutes, Chhabra did a commendable job. Sanjana Sanghi, too, delivered a promising performance in her debut lead role.
Now let’s talk about the star of the movie, Sushant Singh Rajput. One cannot be sure if it was Rajput who brought Manny’s character to life, or vice versa. Either way, the energy that the artist brought on screen, the variety of emotions that he expressed and allowed his fans to feel as well goes unmatched. The most heartbreaking moment comes at the end of the movie when Manny’s friends and family are watching his movie together after he passes away, the same way Rajput’s loved ones gathered a few days ago to witness the star come to life one last time.
Perhaps the only shortcoming of the movie was its title track whose lyrics did not seem to be as well thought out as the other aspects of the project. However, the choreography and execution of the song was a visual treat. And the fact that it was a one-shot sequence rehearsed and recorded in a total of 1.5 days is commendable.
It is no surprise that Dil Bechara sits on IMDB with a rating of 9.4, the highest for an Indian movie. The credit cannot be given to one particular person, rather the whole team deserves to be applauded for their work and simply for capturing Rajput in his essence one last time.