Most Bollywood releases are accompanied by a certain level of excitement and anticipation, but today’s release brings a lasting sadness with it. Dil Bechara, Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film, released on Disney+ Hotstar at 7.30pm today. And while many are familiar with the story, since it’s a remake of the popular book and Hollywood film The Fault In Our Stars, this is a particularly tough watch. Released 40 days after the lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput died allegedly by suicide, his last film is an emotional journey, to say the least. And AR Rahman’s music does nothing to heal the heartbreak.
The film, which was earlier titled Kizie Aur Manny, revolves around Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) and her unusual, loving relationship with Manny aka Immanuel Rajkumar Junior (Sushant Singh Rajput). Rajput is endearing and relatable in the film, the perfect choice for the character. He brings an endearing boy-next-door charm to the role which few others could have pulled off. His presence truly lights up the screen in this film.
Dil Bechara also marks the Bollywood debut of Sanjana Sanghi as a lead actor and director Mukesh Chhabra. Sanghi was earlier seen in Hindi Medium and Fukrey Returns in supporting roles. Sanjana Sanghi plays Kizie, a young girl with cancer who leads an extremely sheltered life in Jamshedpur. If you’ve read Fault In Our Stars, you’ll see glimpses of Hazel in her, but don’t get down to comparing Sanjana Sanghi with Shailene Woodley in the Hollywood film.
For those of you who always appreciate a star appearance, there’s one in this film too. Saif Ali Khan makes a cameo in the film as Abhimanyu Veer, the mysterious, cold coffee-obsessed musician whose music Kizie loves.
This film is a tough watch, especially in the second half, for multiple reasons. If you plan to watch it over the weekend, keep the tissues handy. While announcing the release of Dil Bechara, Disney+ Hotstar had said that it would be free to watch for all. So, even if you don’t have a subscription to this OTT platform, you can still watch the film. Watch Dil Bechara here on Disney+ Hotstar and pay tribute to a star gone too soon.