Sushant Singh Rajput’s ‘Dil Bechara’ Has an Odisha Connection

With a few hours to go for the release of ‘Dil Bechara’ starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi, social media has gone into a frenzy. Mukesh Chhabra’s directorial venture is the last movie of Sushant, who died of suicide on June 14 at his residence in Mumbai.

As the fans brace for this bittersweet emotion, here is a trivia on the movie – ‘Dil Bechara’ has an Odisha connection! The costume designer for the lead pair in the movie is Nikita Raheja Mohanty along with her partner Natascha Charak. Nikita is married to the son of an Odisha based businessman and her in-laws are from Cuttack.

Nikita has worked as an assistant with top fashion designer Rocky S and has also been a part of big releases like ‘English Vinglish,’ ‘Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania’ and 2 States. She along with Natascha has also styled Siddharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan and Rishi Kapoor for the movie ‘Kapoor and Sons.’

‘Dil Bechara,’ however, is the designer duo’s first collaboration with Sushant Singh Rajput.

“It was the first time we were working with Sushant and we did a number of sessions with him. He had a pleasing personality,” Nikita was quoted saying on a web portal.

The film is based on the novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and has an English movie with the same name. Sushant plays the character of Manny, a fun-loving guy while the female lead Sanjana Sanghi’s character Kizzie is a cancer patient.

Keeping in view the contrasting characters of the lead pair, Nikita has carefully designed their clothes in the movie.

“We tried to understand the characters and kept them in mind while designing the costumes. The actress’s style is more comfortable and easy. But, Sushant’s character is colourful and so we added more colours to his wardrobe,” the portal quoted Nikita saying.

On her Odisha connection, she says, “I am married to an Odia family. I have visited Odisha a number of times. I have explored the state.”

The Niky-Nat duo is pairing up for ‘Khaali Peeli’ next, which stars Ishan Khattar and Ananya Pandey in the lead.

‘Dil Bechara’ will premiere on Disney+ Hotstar at 7:30 pm today.

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