Dil Bechara review: A beautiful take on what completes us

Dil Bechara is a good film and an even better tribute to Sushant, the actor

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By: Shrikanth Venkatesh

Critic's Rating: 3/5

Monday 03 August 2020

Movie Title

Dil Bechara review: A beautiful take on what completes us


Mukesh Chhabra

Star Cast

(Late) Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi

Dil Bechara, with its story based on the popular novel The Fault in Our Stars, always promised to be an emotional roller-coaster and tear-jerker. But what with recent developments, with the lead actor Sushant Singh’s shocking demise and all, this proved to be one roller coaster ride we all had to muster extra courage to board and take the plunge on.

This film tells us the story of Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) and Immanuel Rajkumar Jr aka Manny (Sushant Singh), two terminally ill Cancer warriors. While this is a love story at heart, we also get to witness and adore the steely resolve (apt that the canvas is set in Jamshedpur, India’s Steel city) shown by them to lead a cheerful life in the middle of a personal crisis.

Kizie is a college student and an only daughter in a Bengali family. Her permanent companion is an oxygen cylinder she slings on her back and even has a name for, Pushpinder (this also reminded me of the apparatus worn by the character Surya in Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota)! She earnestly writes a journal every night, and this also doubles up as a narrative voiceover device in the background at various points in the film.

Manny, also from Kizie’s college is an impish, happy-go-lucky charmer who hails from a family of Tamil descent. He is a big Rajinikanth fan and now wears a prosthetic leg post cancer surgery (this doesn’t stop him shaking a leg to AR Rahman’s wonderful tunes though)! He is making an amateur independent film with his friend JP (Sahil Vaid), where the lead character played by him is modeled on his beloved Thalaiva. And what more, he even has Kizie playing the heroine in it!

First friendship, and then love blooms between Kizie and Manny. With their respective Bengali and Tamil backgrounds, culture could have been a barrier. But what eventually brings them close, is the universal language of music.

Kizie is a devoted fan of musician Abhimanyu Veer (Saif Ali Khan in a superb cameo). She gets Manny also hooked to his tunes, and both of them eventually obsess about one particular song of his which oddly has remained incomplete. Moreover, Veer seems to have gone incognito and this adds to the mystery. Kizie and Manny finally trace him to Paris (the world’s love capital) and against their Doctor’s advice, pack their bags to pay him a visit.

‘Because life is incomplete!!’, Veer remarks in a fit of rage, when confronted with the question of the incomplete song by Manny and Kizie. This answer could have had a philosophical bearing, for a normal listener. Don’t we all wonder often about what completes us and makes our life fuller? Say for a moment even Mannie and Kizzie were folks with normal health, they would have probably said Rajini and Abhimanyu Veer completed their lives!

Unfortunately, life works in mysterious ways and not always to our liking. For Manny and Kizie, the question of an incomplete life is a very real proposition and not a philosophical one, where they ache for more time to be with each other and their loved ones. This becomes even more profound, when we bring Sushant into our thoughts and wonder what could have been, had he still continued to be with us.

Dil Bechara is a good film and an even better tribute to Sushant, the actor. Life could be fleeting and as we learn from this story, it is our attitude and what we make of it that really counts in the end.

We think we may never find all the pieces to complete the jigsaw puzzle of our life. But maybe, our life itself is just one piece that fits into a larger puzzle, and all that we comprehend is the special connection we sometimes make with other pieces.

Dil Bechara is now streaming on Hotstar.

Shrikanth is a Chartered Accountant, who keenly follows and writes about cinema when he is not crunching numbers or balancing ledgers! You can find more of his work at Non Linear Plot

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