Release Date: 24th July, 2020
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajputm, Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan
Writer/Director: Mukesh Chhabra
Producer/s: Dinesh Vijan, Fox Star Studios
Dil Bechara Box Office Review: Star Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Sahil Vaid, Saif Ali Khan
Director: Mukesh Chhabra
Producer: Fox Star Studios
Note: It has been more than 4 months since theaters have been closed all over the nation due to ongoing pandemic. No film has released at the Box Office in this time period so our Box Office Review will take into consideration lesser factors then we take in normal conditions.
Our Box Office Review in the current situation doesn’t imply the accuracy it does in normal circumstances because we have no clue about the release size Dil Bechara would’ve got if it had hit the cinemas on July 24.
A film’s Box Office fate also depends on the performance of films releasing before and after it. In the ongoing situation, we can’t take into consideration that factor too and that’s why in the Box Office Review of Dil Bechara we will roughly predict its BO prospects and how much theatrical revenue the film may have lost because of not being able to hit the big screens.
Dil Bechara Box Office Review: Expectations
Hollywood film The Fault In Our Stars has its own loyal fan base. The film is admired by the lovers of the romance genre. Dil Bechara is the official Hindi remake of The Fault In Our Stars so there have been expectations from it, ever since it has been announced. Earlier titled as Kizzie Aur Manny, the film was delayed after director Mukesh Chhabra’s name was involved in #MeToo controversy. But after he got a clean chit, the movie came back on track and was retitled as Dil Bechara.
Although, physically no more among us, Sushant Singh Rajput has always been a commercially viable actor. His last film Chhichhore was a strong hit with domestic business above 150 crores mark. Apart from that, he has starred in successful films like Kedarnath, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, PK, Shuddh Desi Romance & Kai Po Che!
Sushant’s star power would’ve added so much value to the commercial prospects of the film. Moreover, after his unfortunate demise, there has been a huge hike in the public’s interest in his life and his films. If it was not about lockdown or pandemic, Dil Bechara would’ve hit the cinemas with huge expectations.
Dil Bechara Box Office Review: Impact
I haven’t got a chance to watch The Fault In Our Stars yet so can’t say how similar Dil Bechara is to that film. But one thing is sure that, it’s a nice watch with good emotional value. Shashank Khaitan & Suprotim Sengupta’s screenplay is simple, warm and impactful. The old school romance between the lead stars touches the chords of your heart and even moves you occasionally. It’s beautiful to see two people just loving each other without going into the practicalities of life. This is one thing that really connects with the audience.
Plus as I said above, the story and its screenplay are very simple. There are no complex characters but really simple ones. And the beauty of Dil Bechara lies in that simplicity. While watching, it makes you feel so many things and that’s where it wins. The dialogues are of the one biggest winners of the film. They are heartwarming & painful at the same time. There are a few dialogues which appear just ironic at this moment. For example when Manny says, “Tum aaj kal ke artists ki problem hi yahi hai. Kaam to shuru karte ho khatam hi nahi karte.” When he says it, you know why it’s ironic. And then Saif Ali Khan has a tiny but beautiful role to play. His dialogues will again hit you very hard especially after the demise of Sushant.
It’s tough to see Sushant Singh Rajput acting right in front of your eyes. Checking out a still of him is still okay but watching him move when he is no more brings back so many memories. It feels he is alive and that feeling kills you.
Sanjana Sanghi is very promising and confident. It’s not technically her first film but as a lead, she totally nails her character. She is here to go far.
Mukesh Chhabra has given a good direction but could’ve been better. Music could have been better too.
Dil Bechara Box Office Review: Final Verdict
Overall, if Dil Bechara had hit the cinemas today it would’ve broken many records. The film definitely holds commercial value but as Anne Frank says, “Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude.”
Dil Bechara in the current situation would’ve targetted the 200 crores mark easily. But that wouldn’t have been its limit. The sky would have been a limit for this film.
Dil Bechara Movie Review Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and a half stars)
Star Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi, Saswata Chatterjee, Swastika Mukherjee, Sahil Vaid
Director: Mukesh Chhabra
What’s Good: Sushant Singh Rajput! He knows how to lift even poorly written scenes by just performing them & an extremely controlled Sanjana Sanghi
What’s Bad: The entire process of remaking! Filtering out the best things and picking up everything significant (even camera angles), the lazy approach to copy and not paste properly
Loo Break: It’s just 100 minutes, and Sushant Singh Rajput manages to hold your attention throughout. Though, it will not have the repeat value
Watch or Not?: ONLY for Sushant!
Kizie Basu (Sanjana Sanghi) is suffering from Thyroid Cancer and has her best friend in her Oxygen cylinder, which she has named as Pushpinder. She likes visiting funerals and hugs strangers over there who have lost someone close to them. She’s aware her life will end someday, and she just wants to feel the melancholy attached with it.
On the other side, we’ve Immanuel Rajkumar Junior aka Manny (Sushant Singh Rajput) – full of life and has his best friend in an Eye Cancer patient Jagdish Pandey aka JP (Sahil Vaid). L Manny, too, is a cancer survivor and has lost his leg to the disease. He somehow knows the formula to stay happy which he wants to pass it to Kizie. They get together and try completing each other’s dreams before life happens!
Dil Bechara Movie Review: Script Analysis
There have been many treatments for remaking films, Mukesh Chhabra opts for the easiest route out. A frame to frame to copy for most of the parts. The original elements add no weight in any department. Willam Defoe (played by the musician Saif Ali Khan here) was an author in the original. He wrote a book whose lead had cancer and the ending was incomplete because the character dies midway. Shashank Khaitan (screenplay) wrecks up this entire track by narrowing down the conflict to one unfinished song.
In the original, you feel for Hazel wanting to meet her author-hero because she wanted answers to the incomplete questions she had after reading the book. Here, what is Kizie missing because of one unfinished song? And when this song is your soul, why did you reveal the complete version before the film released? Because of all this, it’s hard to really invest yourself emotionally to the story.
Augustus was afraid of oblivion; he was scared of people forgetting him after he dies. Another beautiful layer completely missed by Shashank. The buzz word of the original ‘Always’ is apathetically turned to ‘Hamesha’. WHY? Even the animated chat-box used in the original is exactly the same. It’s so painfully same that even the camera angles are similar at many junctures.
Dil Bechara Movie Review: Star Performance
Sushant Singh Rajput brings every frame to life for most of the times. Though his character Manny is a straight lift, adding the filmy quirks in it helps it to grow gradually. His exhilarating liveliness goes straight through your heart because of the fact that this is the last time you’ll see it. An ironical end to the journey of an artist who will be remembered for the great human being and actor he was. There’s a scene in which Manny says, “Let’s pretend that I’m not dying.” Yes, Sushant, we all will pretend this forever for you!
Sanjana Sanghi’s screen-presence demands to be felt! She’s a live bomb waiting to explode. Her stints in Rockstar and Fukrey Returns were just teasers to what a good actress she can be. A very subtle transition from Shailene Woodley’s Hazel Grace and Sanjana manage to adapt all the traits very well.
Saswata Chatterjee’s is the only character that’s translated better than the original. His chemistry with Manny shines brightly due to his peppy performance. He’s a delight on-screen! Was waiting for him since his memorable role in Jagga Jasoos.
Swastika Mukherjee competes Laura Dern here, and it’s hefty shoes to fill. Her character is poorly translated to match the taste of the Indian audience. She does everything right but for a role, that’s not heartedly translated. It was an enormous task, to begin with, but Shashank Khaitan messes this up completely. Same goes for Sahil Vaid, playing Sushant Singh Rajput’s friend. Original’s Isaac had the stability of his own which is completely lost in translation.
Dil Bechara trailer has finally dropped today after a long wait. The Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi starrer has been among the awaited films of Bollywood ever since it was announced. But after the death of SSR, people couldn’t wait for it.
Dil Bechara is an official remake of the 2014 Hollywood film The Fault In Our Stars. The first trailer of the film which just dropped on YouTube is beautiful yet heartbreaking in multiple ways. First of all, it’s painful to watch Sushant Singh Rajput on screen because of the fact that he is no more. Watching him perform the character he plays in the film, it’s very tough to believe that he doesn’t exist anymore. In the trailer, we see Sushant Singh Rajput literally bringing the screen to life. He is everywhere and so lively that the whole screen looks so refreshing. If anything, it just plays with our heart and it’s tough to watch it without shedding a few tears.
The story of the film also carries a great emotional quotient and that undercurrent is visible in the trailer as well. It’s definitely moving and you’ll have to carry a hanky along with yourself if you are a soft-hearted person. Mukesh Chhabra packs a punch as he marks his directorial debut. Sanjana Sanghi also promises big as he does her first film in the lead role. Her chemistry with Sushant is so endearing and no one can deny that.
Last but not the least, AR Rahman’s music takes the beauty of the trailer on a new level altogether and I can’t wait to listen to all the songs of the film.
Overall, Dil Bechara’s trailer is a winner in so many ways. It’s going to make you cry and it’s going to make you smile too. You just can’t watch it once and move to something else.