14 Phere is a comedy of errors, which can be entertaining for all age groups. Director Devanshu Singh tries to weave in many poignant topics like casteism, honour killing and dowry through this social comedy. The film rides on the shoulders of the talented Vikrant Massey. Yamini Das as Sarla exudes such mushy warmth as Sanjay’s mother that the viewer would want to give her a hug for being sweet to a fault. Overall, the film would appeal to those who love family sagas and shaadi dramas.
- Aditi Karwasra (Kriti Kharbanda) and Sanjay Lal Singh (Vikrant Massey) are college sweethearts.
- However, Sanjay is a Rajput from Bihar, and Aditi is a Jat from Rajasthan, and their families will not tolerate any alliance outside their castes.
- With the help of their friends and colleagues from work, the pair devise an elaborate plan to get married while keeping their parents happy.
- Their grand plans of marital bliss are shattered by a series of twists and misadventures.
Tale: Aditi Karwasra (Kriti Kharbanda) and Sanjay Lal Singh (Vikrant Massey) are college sweethearts who have a picture-perfect life and love story. They both work at the same company in Delhi and come from traditional homes. Trouble in paradise starts when they marry. In any case, Sanjay is a Rajput from Bihar and Aditi is a Jat from Rajasthan. To marry each other and make their parents happy, they devise a complex plan with their friends and colleagues. Then a sequence of mishaps threaten their marital bliss plans.
Sanjay, a theatre buff from Jahanabad, Bihar, falls for Aditi, a bold jatni from Jaipur. They have a wonderful existence with excellent occupations, just like in fairy tales. But the pressure from their strict families to marry within their caste looms large over their heads. When the families don’t give up, Sanjay and Aditi stage an elaborate scenario involving his fellow actors Amay (Jameel Khan) and Zubina (Gauhar Khan) and their office mates. While the gang appears to be able to stage two weddings (thus the title 14 phere), life has other plans.
14 Phere is a comedy of errors with a premise reminiscent of Priyadarshan films. The story gets predictable and muddled as the film progresses, like a mashup of similar flicks. Many emotional issues like casteism, honour killing, and dowry are woven into this social comedy by director Devanshu Singh. Maybe he could have done it justice if the script was tighter. As a social comedy, spectators expect memorable punchlines, which the film lacks. Nevertheless, it is a clean family comedy that can be enjoyed by all ages.
The film is carried by Vikrant Massey, who plays the basic Bihari Rajput with ease. The amazing screen presence of Kriti fails to match the brilliant acting of Vikrant. Despite her best efforts to depict a brave Jatni, she mostly keeps a poker face. The chemistry between Jameel and Gauhar as actors is delightful to behold. Their humour is character-appropriate. Sarla’s mother, Yamini Das, is so gooey and kind that the audience wants to hug her. Some of the most memorable scenes in the film are between her and Kriti in their roles as mother and daughter-in-law, a scene that is further accentuated by the heartfelt version of ‘Ram-Sita’ sung beautifully by Rekha Bharadwaj in the film.
In general, individuals who enjoy family sagas and shaadi dramas will find this film to be highly entertaining. Because of its straightforward presentation of individuals and clean comedy, it could very well be a good choice for a weekend family movie night. Nonetheless, considering the relevancy of the subject matter, stronger writing and some well-crafted dialogue could have resulted in some standout performances.