I dreaded watching Dil Bechara. I have never been more scared of watching a Bollywood movie than Sushant Singh Rajput’s last one, and I have my reasons for it. As is the known fact that Dil Bechara is based on John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. As someone who spent her time curled up in a ball after that eulogy and most of its movie adaptation crying, I was worried how Bollywood was going to ruin one of my favorite love stories and characters. I’m glad I was saved from knowing that pain, for Dil Bechara is one of the finest Hollywood remakes that Bollywood has done so far.
Dil Bechara Overview
Dil Bechara follows Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi), who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer for a while and has a jaded view of life. When she meets Manny or Emmanuel Rajkumar Junior, an osteosarcoma survivor, and his friend JP (glaucoma patient), her life takes a 360 turn. What follows is a story of love, dreams, hope, and loss.
Dil Bechara Review: Authentic Indian TFIOS
The first minute of Dil Bechara sets the tone for what’s to come in the rest of the movie, and honestly, all I could think of was Hazel and Augustus. I will be honest; it took everything in me to stop myself from bawling my eyes out from the very start because the wounds from TFIOS were open and raw. Contrary to my expectations, the Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer is a decent adaptation of the book. This Dil Bechara review will tell you why and how.
One of the best things about Dil Bechara is how authentically Indian it was. The TRB team and I were worried that the movie would blindly adopt the elements of The Fault in Our Stars. However, the Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer infused into the movie Indian elements that seemed to go well with the storyline. That said, Mukesh Chhabra, the director, deserves praise for not going too Indian with the plot and inducing unnecessary drama.
A. R. Rahman’s Enriching Music
The legendary composer A.R. Rahman and talented lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya joined hands to give a soulful track for Dil Bechara. We know Bhattacharya the most for penning the lyrics of Channa Mereya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his magical words have brought Manny and Kizie’s love story to life. When combined with Rahman’s music score, you have songs that add to the story instead of acting as a distraction (something we often see in many Indian movies).
Witty and Emotional Dialogues
Dialogues make up the soul of any movie. The right lines can take a film to a whole new level, as it has in the case of Dil Bechara. When it comes to the dialogues in the movie, my heart goes in two different directions. One side of me is in love with the emotional and witty dialogues that have a touch of subtlety. Sanjana Sanghi’s lines as Kizie were apt and portrayed the essence of Hazel from TFIOS. However, the other side of me can’t help but be disenchanted by the eulogy. Those who have read and watched the original book and its movie will know what I am talking about.
Sticks to the Original Story
I cannot stress enough in this Dil Bechara review just how wonderfully Chhabra has adapted the book. I loved how despite infusing Indian-ness and changing a few things here and there, the movie manages to portray the true essence of The Fault in Our Stars. So much so that I could see our dear Hazel and Augustus in Sanghi’s Kizie and Rajput’s Manny and through them I gained a new perspective on several TFIOS characters.
Sushant Singh Rajput & Sanjana Sanghi
Any Dil Bechara review would be incomplete without talking about the splendid performances from Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi as Manny and Kizie. After watching the movie, TRB and I cannot imagine anyone else portraying the roles of Hazel and Augustus better than these two (in Bollywood). While we are still talking about the cast, can we take a moment to appreciate Saif Ali Khan’s cameo as Abhimanyu Veer and Saswata Chatterjee and Swastika Mukherjee as Kizie’s father and mother?
There is no way you should miss Sushant Singh Rajput’s Dil Bechara and not just because it is his last. This movie enters the list of TRB recommended because it is a wonderful Bollywood adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. As such, anyone who has read the book and watched its movie before should give this one a shot. At the very least, you get to relive Hazel and Augustus’s story differently.
After watching the heartbreaking Dil Bechara, you may feel like watching or reading TFIOS again, as I do. Don’t hesitate and just do it, you know you want to. However, if you don’t have that longing, then here is what you can watch or read next:
- Binge on SSR movies: Sadly, after his ‘seri,’ we won’t be seeing him again in another movie or photo. If you didn’t have enough of Sushant Singh Rajput, binge on some of earlier movies like M.S. Dhoni, Chhicore, etc. if you haven’t already.
- Watch something light-hearted: After a tragic love story broke your heart, it is time to watch something light-hearted or badass action. This could either be the numerous rom-coms on Netflix and Hotstar+Disney or funny videos on YouTube.
- Listen to healing music: There is nothing like music to heal your broken heart. TRB recommends listening to BTS latest releases Stay Gold and Your Eyes Tell for some musical healing.
- Start on your K-drama journey: This is the perfect excuse to start on hilariously cringy Kdramas. They can make you laugh through the pain, no kidding. Here is your starter list.
Dil Bechara is heartbreaking because the end felt more definite. After all, we cannot see Sushant Singh Rajput’s warm smile again. The TRB team and I sincerely hope he found happiness and peace on the other side and give his family all our love.