Director: Devanshu Singh
Starring: Vikrant Massey, Kriti Kharbanda, Yamini Das, Gauahar Khan & Jameel Khan
Written by: Manoj Kalwani
Streaming on: Zee5
14 PHERE’s plot depends on a comedy of errors. Sanjay Lal Singh (Vikrant Massey), a Rajput from Bihar falls in love with her college senior Aditi Karwasra (Kriti Kharbanda), who is a Jat from Rajasthan. They are living a good life together with successful careers. The pressure really builds on them when their respective orthodox families start forcing them to marry within their own caste. Realizing that their parents will not give up the pursuit they plan an elaborate drama roping in their friends and colleagues including actors Amay (Jameel Khan) and Zubina (Gauhar Khan). What they plan and if they’re successful or not, become the rest of the film.
The film has a plot line that highly depends on comedy of errors and humour. To top it, once the film begins you feel it has all the makings of a Priyadarshan film. But it doesn’t work all too well for the film. Mainly, because it becomes quite predictable and that’s where the film loses its charm. Also, the film tries to run a social commentary on various other things (it has now sort of become a norm, can a film not be a film without it?) which doesn’t really work because the film has been set up to be something else. Another minor problem for the film is its runtime which could have been 10-15 mins shorter.
Technically, the film is good. Riju Das’ cinematography is good and appropriate for the film. Editing is fine but could have done something about the length of the film. Music isn’t of the chartbuster variety nor does it really work in the film. Production design and costume design seem authentic. The writing is the weakest part of the film.
Performances in the film are great. Vikrant Massey gives another exceptional performance and he does it with ease. Kriti Kharbanda has an endearing screen presence and plays her role to the best of her abilities and it shows. Their chemistry looks great on screen as well. Jameel Khan plays his role with conviction. Gauhar Khan gives a strong performance as well. The banter between these two is good to watch. The rest of the cast offer good support.
As a director, Devanshu Singh does a fair job in executing the written material at hand. He also does manages to get good performances out of the cast.