14 Phere (2021) Review

Great writing and performances elevate this rib-tickling romcom

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14 Phere (2021) Review
Platform
Zee5
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
16+
Genre
FAMILY,ROMCOM
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Sanjay and Aditi, who love each other since college, and now live together in Delhi, want to get married. However, while Sanjay's Bihari family will only accept a girl from the same caste for him, Aditi's Rajasthani family want a boy from the same community as her. Faced with this quandary, Sanjay and Aditi hatch a plan to hold two different weddings in Patna and Jaipur, with theatre actors Zubina and Amay pretending to be fake parents for both weddings. But can all of them keep up the lie and get married, or will there be complications?

Analysis

It is always fascinating to see how a romcom, in spite of the obvious tropes it must include in its storyline, can get a fresh boost of life with a screenplay that pays attention to the little moments. Not since Shubh Mangal Saavdhan in 2017 has a romcom been this raucously funny. Manoj Kalwani's winning screenplay does not obsess on establishing the love between Sanjay and Aditi. Rather, it is the way he frames their love story and live-in relationship against the backdrop of the conservative attitudes of their respective families. Any other romcom would've glossed over these uncomfortable aspects, but Kalwani and director Devanshu Singh mine both humour and pathos from the depiction of social moralities in small-town India, without cheapening family values. At the same time, uncomfortable issues like caste and the position of women in traditional families are dealt evenly. This is a masterstroke on the part of the makers, and the ridiculous lengths to which Sanjay, Aditi, Zubina and Amay go to, in order to pull off two different weddings does the rest of the heavy lifting. Sometimes all you need in a good romcom is a little bit of magic in the writing, and 14 Phere pulls the entire premise off with gusto.

Performances

Vikrant Massey is fast emerging as a bankable actor in the romance genre, and here, too, he is effortless as the charming yet timid Sanjay. Kriti Kharbanda is refreshingly real as Aditi, and enjoys great rapport with Massey. Gauahar Khan and Jameel Khan bring the house down as Zubina, the self-proclaimed "Dilli ki Meryl Streep", and the retired thespian Amay. The rest of the cast is decent too.

Music & Other Departments

Riju Das' cinematography is all right. Raajeev V. Bhalla's songs and background score are okay, with Aag Ki Dariya and Shor Sharaba being instant foot-tappers.

Highlights

The writing, dialogues and performances are terrific.

Drawbacks

The climax gets a bit confusing at times.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes. There are certain sequences which will make you choke with laughter.

Do I recommend it?

Yes. This is a rib-tickling romcom that can be watched with the entire family.


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