The trailer for Sushant Singh Rajput’s swansong Dil Bechara is here. And it takes the audience through emotional highs and lows in just a few minutes. Directed by Mukesh Chhabra, the film is an onscreen adaptation of John Green’s book The Fault In Our Stars. The film stars Sanjana Sanghi as the lead opposite Sushant, while Swastika Mukherjee and Saif Ali Khan appear in a cameo. The music is composed by AR Rahman.
Dil Bechara will premiere on Disney+Hotstar on July 24 for both subscribers and non-subscribers.
Like expected, watching the trailer was a bittersweet affair. To see Sushant’s smile light up the entire screen, knowing that it will be the last time that happens, is a heart-wrenching experience, no matter how many times one has prepared oneself for it. Unsurprisingly, it is Sushant’s character himself who gives assurance to all his grieving audience by delivering the most powerful line of the trailer: “Janam kab lena aur aur marna ka hai, ye hum decide nahi ar sakte. Par kaise jeena hai, wo hum decide kar sakte hai.” (We don’t get to decide when to be born and when to die. But what we can decide is how to live our lives.)
The story follows Manny and Kizie, two young adults who meet and fall for each other. The catch, you may ask? He’s had a brush with osteosarcoma, while she is fighting thyroid cancer. The first half of the trailer is filled with Manny’s quirky one-liners trying to cheer up Kizie’s pessimistic approach to life. And the second half is a montage of emotionally heavy moments as they both realise time is not in their favour.
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Like the novel that the film adapts from, Manny and Kizie’s story is one about the fragility of life and the unexpectedness of death. Both of them, like so many others, see life and death as a clear beginning and end. Yet, their views on the time in between this beginning and end differ. The trailer shows two people’s different approach towards their lives and their illness. Kizie appears to be a relatively isolated person, while Manny is a goofy extrovert. Kizie has given in to cancer, as she has given up on life. While Manny comes along and reminds her that love is something even their illness cannot take away from them. And together they embark on a journey of discovering beautiful things about themselves and about life that had once been overshadowed by the power of death.
Dil Bechara is not going to be an easy watch. The pain of losing such a brilliant talent is still raw in all of us, after all.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s Swansong
Given the plot of the film, if there’s anything this heartbreaking romance is bound to talk about, it’s that how life is too short to live without laughter, without love. What’s there today, might not be there tomorrow. Everybody has a clock ticking over their head; hence one should cherish every moment there is to life. Go on that trip you wished to take, pull that prank you wanted to on your friend, say those I-love-you’s before the moment slips by, or the person does. Ironical! There is a high amount of pathos that will be attached to this viewing. Dil Bechara is not going to be an easy watch. The pain of losing such a brilliant talent is still raw in all of us, after all.
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Having said that, the film has too much on its shoulders. It has to live up to a book that has defined a generation of romance. It has to live up to its counterpart movie adaptation in Hollywood, which starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley, has become something of a cult classic itself. It has to live up to being the directorial debut of Mukesh Chhabra. But more than any of that, it has to live up to the life and memory of Sushant Singh Rajput. We can only hope that the film will do (poetic) justice to them all, and prove what it’s mother-novel did: that some infinities are truly bigger than other infinities.
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Dyuti Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV. The views expressed are the author’s own.