Dil Bechara on Disney+ Hotstar, with Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi: A watchable-enough romance that, at least on screen, offers a sense of closure to a tragedy

Posted on July 25, 2020


I suspect at least parts of ‘Dil Bechara’ play out better than ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, because this corny-sentimental register is something our cinema owns like a pro. (AR Rahman’s delicious soundtrack is icing on the gooey cake.)

Spoilers ahead…

When an actor leaves us in his prime, the films that release after his passing aren’t just movies. They become monuments to a memory. This happened with Giant (James Dean was killed in an automobile accident just before the classic was released). This happened with The Dark Knight (Heath Ledger died from a toxic combination of prescription drugs six months before the genre-defining blockbuster hit theatres). Closer home, there’s Divya Bharti, who died in April 1993, all of 19. Talat Jani’s Rang came out three months later, and when you watched one of Nadeem-Sharavan’s hit numbers — say, Tujhe na dekhoon to chain — you saw this cherubic, moon-faced girl dancing without a care in the world, and it was impossible, at least back then, to focus on her character. You saw the person. You saw promise. You saw a future. You saw the hand of fate.

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