Actor Sushant Singh Rajput died of suicide on June 14 in his Bandra home in Mumbai. The entire country went into shock after his death. It has been a rather bleak first half of the year, with Bollywood losing four of its gems. Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and Wajid Khan passed away in the earlier months while India was grappling with the novel coronavirus under the nationwide lockdown. Dil Bechara, which is the Hindi adaptation of ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi in the lead.
Dil Bechara is a soulful love story. It is directed by Mukesh Chhabra and produced by Fox Star Studios. The film will showcase late Sushant Singh Rajput opposite debutant Sanjana Sanghi.
A story of love, hope, and endless memories.
Celebrating the late #SushantSinghRajput‘s legacy that will be etched in the minds of all and cherished forever. #DilBechara coming to everyone on July 24. pic.twitter.com/3gPJZvBRun
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In addition to Rajput, Dil Bechara also stars debutante Sanjana Sanghi, Saif Ali Khan, Milind Gunaji, and Javed Jaffrey. Behind the scenes, casting director Mukesh Chhabra makes his directorial debut on Dil Bechara. Chhabra was removed from his post after sexual harassment allegations surfaced during the #MeToo movement in late 2018 but was later cleared of the charges and reinstated. Chhabra denied the allegations.
Dil Bechara becomes the third major Bollywood movie to skip theatres amid the pandemic, after the Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmaan Khurrana-led Gulabo Sitabo on Amazon Prime Video, and the upcoming Janhvi Kapoor-starrer Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl on Netflix. Disney+ Hotstar has previously had a straight-to-streaming release in the live-action adaptation of Artemis Fowl, made by Disney itself. Dil Bechara is also in that vein, given it’s a sole production of Disney-owned Fox Star Studios. Dil Bechara will be out on July 24 on DIsney+Hotstar.