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(transl. The helpless heart) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age romantic drama directed by Mukesh Chhabra in his directorial debut. Based on John Green’s 2012 novel The Fault in Our Stars, it stars Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjana Sanghi. Principal photography commenced on 9 July 2018 in Jamshedpur. The film’s release was postponed multiple times, first due to post-production delays and then again due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. It was eventually released on 24 July 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar. It features the last film performance by Rajput, who died in June 2020.
Kizie Basu is fighting thyroid cancer when she meets Immanuel ‘Manny’ Rajkumar Junior, who has previously suffered from osteosarcoma and is in remission. Manny and his friend JP, who is suffering from glaucoma and is blind in one eye, are making a movie together, inspired by Rajinikanth’s films. Manny invites Kizie to be the female lead. The two bond over his love for Rajnikanth’s movies and her love for music, specifically an incomplete song by retired songwriter Abhimanyu Veer. Kizie and Manny gradually fall in love as they shoot scenes for JP’s film. They decide to make ‘seri’, the Tamil word for ‘okay’, their secret word that will help them remember that everything will be okay in life and to stay positive. After an operation, JP loses sight in his second eye, making him go blind.
One day, Manny informs Kizie that he has managed to track down Abhimanyu Veer and get in touch with him. Kizie e-mails Veer, who replies that she can visit him in Paris to get her questions answered. Kizie and Manny convince Kizzie’s parents to allow them to take the trip, with the condition that Kizie’s mother joins them. As they are making arrangements for the trip, Kizzie’s cancer gets worse and she is hospitalized.
After her recovery, she is weakened and initially distances herself from Manny but later relents. They go to Paris to visit Veer, who turns out to have no conclusive answers, disappointing Kizie. Soon after, Manny informs Kizie that his cancer had returned and is now terminal.
As Manny’s health deteriorates, Kizie convinces him and JP to finish the film. Manny then invites JP and Kizie to his mock funeral, where they deliver eulogies that they have both prepared. Manny dies a couple of days later, leaving a letter for Kizie, explaining that he had finished Veer’s song for her and had even convinced Veer to help him finish the song. JP’s finished film premieres in an open-air theatre, where Kizie and the crowd get emotional. In the final scene of the film, Manny breaks the fourth wall and directly speaks to Kizie, to which she replies “Seri”.