Feature Name: 14 Phere
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Kriti Kharbanda
Director: Devanshu Singh
’14 Phere’ takes a humorous approach to the complexities of such a partnership. ’14 Phere,’ starring Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda, does not go further into the issues and terrible repercussions that most inter-caste couples face, but instead offers naïve and perhaps unrealistic methods to dealing with orthodox families.
Sanjay and Aditi, played by Massey and Kharbanda, meet in college, fall in love, and end up working in the same office. They are young, intelligent professionals living in a comfortable home in Delhi. Sanjay, on the other hand, is a Rajput from Bihar, whilst Aditi is a Jat from Jaipur.
Despite their wealth, both of their families are staunchly opposed to inter-caste marriage. When Sanjay’s elder sister marries someone from outside her community, she is deemed dead in the family, with Shyam’s father encouraging the local police to track down and kill the pair because they have disobeyed the family.
In terms of technicality, the directing was flawless, although the audio could have used some improvement. Most songs were superfluous since they distracted us from the main plot, which was more than enough to keep us interested. We could not have hoped for a better performance from the actors.
14 Phere is perplexing, but also surprising and quite amusing. The plot is straightforward, yet it has features that make it interesting and distinct. We all knew the couple would eventually marry—look at the title—but the manner their families finally accept the scenario is so out of the ordinary! Devanshu Singh, we salute you as director.
Vikrant and Kriti are as new as their combination, leaving aside conventional hero-heroine notions. After a little hard but sweet ragging, the two end up together.
They are aware that their families will be opposed to their inter-caste connection, so they keep it hidden, and Sanjay continues to see ladies chosen by his parents. One thing leads to another, and he ends up lying about Aditi being a Rajput in order to persuade his father.
There are some beautiful moments in the film. When Yamini Das (Shyam’s mother) gives a traditional welcome to Aditi’s character post-wedding in beautifully written and executed. Gauahar Khan too manages to bring in a smile or two with her exuberance.
We with all out heart give the film 3 stars. You can enjoy your weekend watching this film.
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