The Fault In Our Stars or Dil Bechara?

Let’s address the elephant in the room first; Sushant Singh Rajput died. I don’t know if it was a suicide or a murder but the Indian film industry has lost a good actor. And not to lie, he was not one of my favourites but the facts about him that are coming out these days make me realise that he was a good human but not appreciated enough. So maybe we can’t do much about his death, but the least we can do is learn to let the people around us know that we value them before we exhaust the option of letting them know.

The Fault In Our Stars is a 2014 Hollywood film, based on a novel of the same name by John Green which came out in 2012. It is a romantic tragedy, the story of two cancer afflicted teenagers Hazel Grace Lancaster (played by Shailene Woodley) and Augustus Waters (played by Ansel Elgort) while Dil Bechara is a 2020 Bollywood film, an adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars, starring Sanjana Sanghi (as Kizie Basu) and Sushant Singh Rajput (as Immanuel Rajkumar Junior or Manny).

(Just in case you missed to know where to watch it, Dil Bechara is streaming on Hotstar and you require no paid subscription to watch it. So, yayy, happy free streaming!!!)

To admit, The Fault In Our Stars is a classic, it has so many beautiful scenes with the best dialogues which have everybody’s heart. I am attaching a few of them below.

Since Dil Bechara is an adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars, the basic plot of both the movies is same, just that a few things are here and there and and a touch of bollywood with AR Rehman composed songs is given.

While Hazel and Augustus bonded by exchanging their favourite novels, Kizie and Manny bonded by Kizie telling him to listen to her favourite song and he telling her to act in his movie. The iconic “okay-okay” dialogue is “seri-seri” here. (Seri means okay in Tamil language.) While Hazel and Augustus go to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favourite book, Kizie and Manny go to Paris to meet the singer of her favourite song. I can point out so many more but let’s leave some work for my readers too.

There were a few scenes I literally loved in the bollywood adaptation. The scene where Manny is seen resting with his artificial leg on the sofa, where the three friends dance together in the Prom night, where they are making a film, he pinches down and the fountain starts and so many more.

Scenes which break my heart were the one where Manny cries in his grandma’s lap (maybe seeing Sushant cry made my heart melt even more), where Kizie reads out eulogy written for Manny and not to leave, the song Main Tumhara which has hooked me up since the time I have heard it.

The Bollywood adaptation has some teeny tiny flaws (but that shouldn’t matter because we know how most of the Bollywood movies are, so we are cool right?) but both the movies in their own aspects are beautiful and can’t be compared. But as I mentioned, a classic is a classic and hence I have an incline towards The Fault In Our Stars. But you can’t miss this movie if you are a Sushant Singh Rajput fan because the firsts and lasts are always special.

Let me know in the comments section if you have watched it yet and how you found it. Also let me know which among the two you found better.

Trailers of both the movies :

The Fault In Our Stars :

Dil Bechara :