- 1hr, 40 mins
Sushant Singh Rajput’s Last Leaf – An undoubtedly flawless performance!
I was one in the millions in India who got devastated with the sudden demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. That news on 14th June 2020, broke my heart and it shook entire India like anything. I’m a huge fan of his films – Kai Po Che, Shuddh Desi Romance & Chhichhore. Among these, my favorite is Chhichhore and he nailed it with his acting. Just amazing! Moreover, the story of Chhichhore is something every engineering student will connect, especially those who stayed in college hostels.
Started Watching “Dil Bechara” with a heavy heart since it is the last movie of SSR but I was so amazed by his performance. He is just flawless and his mesmerizing expressions are beyond words. You will be amazed by Sanjana Sanghi’s performance too. I heard that this is her first full-length female lead role.
I do not want to delve much into the story because we all know this is an official remake of the English film “The Fault in our stars”, which was inspired by the book with the same name. This English film was a huge hit in 2014 and it shattered all the records back then. The book was inspired by Shakespeare’s old Play. Also, Mani Ratnam inspired by this play made Telugu movie “Geetanjali” back in 1989 and you know the history of it. It went on to become a cult classic of the Indian Film Industry. So, the story of “Dil Bechara” has a lot of old references and similar stories are across all the film industries and languages. Story-wise nothing new, but here we must prefer only the performances. That is it. The movie is just 1 hour 40 mins long, I assure you around 1 hour of the film is just super rocking and you will get mind blown with SSR & Sanjana’s performances, trust me on this. SSR in the film is a huge fan of Thalaivar Rajinikanth, there are at least 7-8 references of him in the entire film and you will love them for sure. But the last 40 mins, highly emotional and looked so depressing. At least I felt so, but since it is SSR’s last film, I did complete the film with a heavy heart. But people who don’t like too much emotional content, they may skip it. This is an FYI only.
Coming to other aspects, Cinematography is top-notch. Production values are good. The songs by AR Rahman Sir are so soothing and melodious, the first song is my fav and SSR’s dance in it was fantastic. The debutant director did a pretty decent job by safely choosing this subject and to some extent, he succeeded well in remaking it except the last 30-40 mins. And then there is a small cameo by Saif Ali Khan, it should have written well with some more meaningful scenes/dialogues. Somehow it looked like it is forced. (Actually, I got a thought, since there are so many Rajinikanth’s references, why didn’t they put Rajini sir’s cameo only instead of Saif’s. Isn’t it a fantastic idea? )
Overall, it is a decently made Heartwarming and emotional love story.
SSR, we will miss you, there were lots of moments in the movie where I was getting goosebumps along with tears in my eyes. While writing this analysis also my eyes are moist with tears.
I hope you are more successful and loved by everyone in a parallel universe.
We all love you and you will be remembered forever.