Mumbai: Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's last film 'Dil Bechara' has been scheduled to be digitally premiered today (Friday) evening at 7:30 PM. Unlike the OTT norm of releasing movies digitally at midnight, Dil Bechara will be available online by evening.
As stated by casting director-turned-filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra, along with India, the film will also be available for viewers in the US, the UK and Canada.
The filmmaker says premiering "Dil Bechara" at a specific time would give the audience a chance to enjoy it together with their loved ones and family, exactly the way they would do in the theatres.
Director Chabbra, who not only lost his "Dil Bechara" leading man, but also a close friend with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, said, "I don't know what mindspace I am in right now. It is a mixed feeling, it is bittersweet. The response of people has been overwhelming, the love for Sushant is overwhelming, but I am feeling weird about everything."
Chhabra said, "We are going live with ‘Dil Bechara' on Friday at 7: 30 pm IST. People in the US, the UK and Canada can also watch it at the same time. We have announced the time beforehand so that all the people out there can finish their work and make their plan to watch the film."
The filmmaker added, "Usually, watching a film on OTT is quite an individual affair and films are released at midnight. But this is the first time we want people to come together in their homes to watch the film together."
However, the director said, "A big change happened in my life. I am not even happy about my first film, I don't want to celebrate it as Sushant's last film. The feeling of your first film where you are happy and excited. In my case, it is completely different," he said.
"Dil Bechara" also features Sanjana Sanghi, Sahil Vaid, Swastika Mukherjee, Milind Gunaji and Saif Ali Khan. The music is by AR Rahman and the latest released song, "Khulke jeene ka", sung by Arijit Singh and Shashaa Tirupati, is already winning hearts.
"Dil Bechara" will release on Disney+ Hotstar and the OTT platform has decided to make the film available for free viewing to all, as a mark of respect to the late Sushant.
"Whether you are a paid subscriber or not, you can watch the film just by downloading the app," said debutant director Chhabra, adding: "Let us watch the film together, and I know he is up there in the sky somewhere, watching with all of us. It is special."
The film is based on the 2014 Hollywood hit, "The Fault In Our Stars", which was adapted from novelist John Green's 2012 bestseller of the same name.
(With Agency Inputs)
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