Dil Bechara trailer: Sushant Singh Rajput is a fighter in the reel world but..

The contrasting idiosyncrasy in the tragic reality leaves you numb.  First-time actor Sanjana Sanghi looks promising

By Mayur Lookhar

Sanjana Sanghi and late Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara [2020]

Films are not real. How one wishes they were for then Sushant Singh Rajput wouldn’t have left us, and in stead, like his character in Dil Bechara [2020], he would have lived life to the fullest. The film industry, and the country is wrapped in a pall of gloom ever since Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on 14 June. Thus far, it’s said to be a case of suspected suicide. 

Given the tragedy, it is natural that a range of emotions are likely to flow once Dil Bechara premieres on 24 July on Disney Hotstar.  It’s a first directorial for casting director Mukesh Chhabra, while a maiden film for Delhi girl Sanjana Sanghi.  Producers Fox Star Studios released the much-awaited trailer today.

It’s well known how the film is the Hindi adaptation of John Green’s book The Fault In Our Stars [2012].  The book was earlier adapted into a 2014 Hollywood film bearing the same title with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the lead.  Based on the trailer, Dil Bechara [2020] seems to have stuck to its core story idea, an inspiring love story of a cancer-stricken girl and a boy who survived bone cancer.

This is an un-fairy tale, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be magic, fun in this film. Chhabra has cut a fairly engaging, fun-filled trailer that spells out its story clearly.  The film is  filled with desi new age, realistic romance, humour.

Earlier titled Kizzy and Manny, the trailer reveals us why Chhabra had kept a strange title.  The lovers Kizie Basu [Sanghi] and Immanuel Rajkumar Junior [Rajput] lovingly refer to each as Kizzy and Manny.  Rajput’s character has a peculiar name, but the trailer suggests that the man is from Tamil Nadu but he doesn’t quite have the Tamil accent . Sanghi plays a Bengali woman. 

All through the trailer, Manny comes across like this jovial guy who believes in living life to the fullest.  The moment you hear the words ‘I am a fighter’ from Rajput, it is bound to leave you teary-eyed and frustrated.  Just like Chhichhore [2019],  Dil Bechara, too, has Rajput underlying the value of life, that is bigger than any failure or terminal illness.  The contrasting idiosyncrasy in the reel and the real world leaves you with a heavy heart.  For a man who beat death in the reel, how could he not battle the demons in his mind in the real world? This irony will haunt Rajput’s fans for life.   

‘We don’t get to decide our birth or death, but how we are going to live our lives, that is entirely upon us’.  The smiling, lively face of Rajput telling this dialogue reflects the essence of John Green’s story.  Arguably, Dil Bechara looks like the most joyful character Rajput played in his short life.

First-time actress Sanjana Sanghi looks very promising.  She has a fine screen presence and is blessed with a clear and a pleasant voice.  Though one ought to wait for the film, but Rajput and Sanghi seems to have a fine chemistry between them.

This un-fairy tale promises to make you laugh and cry.  Watch the inspiring, moving trailer below.

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