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Dil Bechara
Dil Bechara film poster.jpg
Release poster
Directed byMukesh Chhabra
Screenplay byShashank Khaitan
Suprotim Sengupta
Based onThe Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
StarringSushant Singh Rajput
Sanjana Sanghi
Saif Ali Khan
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographySetu (Satyajit Pande)
Edited byAarif Sheikh
Distributed byDisney+ Hotstar
Release date
  • 24 July 2020 (2020-07-24)[1]

Dil Bechara (transl.The helpless heart) is an upcoming 2020 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic drama film which is the directorial debut of Mukesh Chhabra. Based on John Green's 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars,[2] it stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Saif Ali Khan and debutante Sanjana Sanghi, and was initially titled Kizie Aur Manny (transl.Kizie and Manny). Filming commenced on 9 July 2018 in Jamshedpur.[3][4] The film's release has been postponed multiple times, due to post-production delays and then again due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. It will release on 24 July 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar.[5] It features the last posthumous film performance by Rajput, who died in June 2020.[6]


Kizie Basu is fighting thyroid cancer when she meets Immanuel Rajkumar Junior or Manny, who has previously suffered from osteosarcoma[7] and is in remission. Kizie initially distances herself from Manny but they bond over movies and music[8] and eventually fall in love. As Kizie's health deteriorates, she and Manny go to Paris to fulfill her last wish of visiting the city.[9]




Mukesh Chhabra launched the film in October 2017, making his directorial debut and announcing that it is the film adaptation of John Green's 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, with Sushant Singh Rajput as the male lead.[12] In March 2018, A. R. Rahman was confirmed as the music composer. Later, newcomer Sanjana Sanghi was selected opposite Rajput and Sony Music India acquired the music rights, with Amitabh Bhattacharya as lyricist.[13]

Chhabra was suspended from his services after being accused of sexual harassment in October 2018.[14] Eventually he returned, after receiving clean chit from ICC on the allegations. This resulted in the delay of final schedule and completion of post-production.[15]

While the film was initially titled Kizie Aur Manny, in February 2019 the title was officially changed to Dil Bechara. This was felt to perfectly embody the theme and had been chosen from lyrics penned by Bhattacharya and composed by Rahman as one of the tracks in the film.[16]


Principal photography began on 9 July 2018 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.[17] On 29 August 2018, Farah Khan shot a song with Rajput. The few remaining portions in the last schedule were filmed across Paris, France.[18] This was later revealed to be the title song of the movie. Khan took no payment for choreographing the song, which was shot within a single take from Rajput after only one day of rehearsal.[19]


The film score and soundtrack album are composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. [20] The soundtrack consists of nine songs and were released on the record label Sony Music India on 10 July 2020.[21]


The initial premiere date of 29 November 2019 was shared by Rajput via his Twitter handle.[22] However, the film was postponed in the post-production phase.[23] Trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced on 15 November 2019 that the film would be released on 8 May 2020.[24] However, it was again postponed as the cinemas were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India as of 17 March 2020.[25] Following Rajput's death by suicide in June 2020, Fox Star Studios announced that the film would be streamed for free, irrespective of subscriptions, on Disney+ Hotstar from 24 July 2020.[1] Chhabra said that this would ensure that the film could be "watched by many".[6] The official trailer of the film was released on YouTube on 6 July 2020[26] and became the most liked trailer in the world within 24 hours of its release, with 4.8 million likes. It overtook the trailer of Avengers: Endgame, which had 3.6 million likes.[27]


  1. ^ a b "Dil Bechara, Sushant Singh Rajput's last film, to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on 24 July". Firstpost. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  2. ^ "The Fault in Our Stars' Hindi Adaptation Titled Kizie Aur Manny". CNN-News18. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput's final movie would be 'The Fault in Our Stars' remake". The Week. 14 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput's last movie would be Mukesh Chhabra's 'The Fault In Our Stars' remake, 'Dil Bechara'". DNA India. 14 June 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput's Dil Bechara to premiere on Disney Plus Hotstar". The Indian Express. 25 June 2020. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Sushant Singh Rajputs Dil Bechara trailer celebrates life, love and will to live". Outlook. Press Trust of India. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020. With an aim to honour the legacy of the actor, the streaming platform is making the movie available to even the non-subscribers, which, Chhabra said will ensure that "Dil Bechara" can be watched by many.
  7. ^ a b "'Dil Bechara' trailer: Sushant Singh Rajput's swansong is a heartbreaking romance". The Hindu. 6 July 2020. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Dil Bechara trailer: Sushant Singh Rajput's last film is a tragic love story and we can't stop our tears". Hindustan Times. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Dil Bechara: Sushant Singh Rajput's last film began shooting on this day two years ago". The New Indian Express. 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Now, Saif Ali Khan joins Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi's love story in Paris". Mumbai Mirror. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Dil Bechara actor Sahil Vaid: So glad I got to work with Sushant Singh Rajput". The Indian Express. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  12. ^ "BREAKING: Mukesh Chhabra to direct The Fault In Our Stars remake, Sushant Singh Rajput in lead". Bollywood Hungama. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  13. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (7 March 2018). "A. R. Rahman Signs Up for Bollywood Remake of 'Fault in Our Stars'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  14. ^ PTI (20 October 2018). "#MeToo fallout: Mukesh Chhabra removed from 'Kizzie Aur Manny' over sexual harassment allegations". The Economic Times. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  15. ^ "After sexual harassment accusations, Mukesh Chhabra returns to Kizie Aur Manny – details inside". Times Now.
  16. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi's Kizie Aur Manny gets a new title". Pinkvilla. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  17. ^ "'The Fault In Our Stars' remake: Sushant Singh Rajput to romance Sanjana Sanghi in Mukesh Chhabra's film". Daily News and Analysis. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  18. ^ "One Shot Wonder: Farah Khan is in awe of Sushant Singh Rajput". 30 August 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Dil Bechara title track: Sushant Singh Rajput nailed last song in one take, Farah Khan treated him to home-cooked food". Hindustan Times. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  20. ^ Umesh Punwani (10 July 2020). "Dil Bechara Music Review: AR Rahman Bechara, High Expectations Ka Maaraa!". Koimoi.
  21. ^ "Dil Bechara album is carefully curated because film has heart & now memories of Sushant Singh Rajput: AR Rahman". DNA India. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  22. ^ "Kizie Aur Manny New Poster with an Oxygen Cylinder – Movie Alles". Movie Alles. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  23. ^ "First poster of Sushant Singh Rajput's Kizie Aur Manny has Rajinikanth. See pic". Hindustan Times. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  24. ^ @taran_adarsh (15 November 2019). "Release date finalized... #DilBechara to release on 8 May 2020... Stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi... Directed by Mukesh Chhabra... Produced by Fox Star Studios" (Tweet). Retrieved 15 November 2019 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "The actress debut film was not released due to the lockdown, expressed grief". News Track. 9 May 2020. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  26. ^ "Dil Bechara trailer release: Fans heap praise on Sushant Singh Rajput starrer". The Indian Express. 6 July 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  27. ^ Chowdhury, Shreya (7 July 2020). "Sushant Singh Rajput's 'Dil Bechara' becomes most liked trailer ever, breaks 'Avengers: Infinity War' record". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 July 2020.

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