’14 Phere’ is a romantic-comedy movie, directed by Devanshu Kumar. The movie features Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda in lead roles and Gauhar Khan and Jameel Khan in supporting roles.
It is a simple, yet a complicated love story of Sanjay (Vikrant Massey), a Rajput from Jahanabad and Aditi (Kriti Kharbanda), a Jatt from Jaipur, who fell in love with each other in college. After graduation, they both start working in the same company and Sanjay also works part-time as an actor in a theatre. Then they start living together in Delhi and want to get married. But their parents are totally against love and inter-caste marriages and they are absolutely unaware of their love relationship.
Sanjay’s father calls him back to Jahanabad from Delhi for some reason which he didn’t mention over the call. After returning to Jahanabad, Sanjay gets to know that his sister has eloped with her lover, who is a doctor and also belongs to a different caste, so his father fixes his marriage with some other girl from their own caste. Sanjay, after knowing this plan of his father to call him back for this reason, finally gathers all his guts and confronts his father and talks about his relationship with Aditi, but he lies about the fact that Aditi is a Jatt, who doesn’t belong from their caste and says she is also a Rajput.
Sanjay comes back to Delhi after his father agrees to their relationship and tells Aditi about the whole scenario that how he had to lie about all these. After hearing this, Aditi gets upset a little bit, but they decide not to elope or leave each other. Then Sanjay figures out a plan through which they can finally get married to each other.
Sanjay plans to hire actors from his theatre to act as their fake parents to represent themselves in front of their real parents respectively. So, he finally hires Zubina (Gauhar Khan), who calls herself ‘Delhi’s Meryl Streep’ and Amay (Jameel Khan), who is a former theatre actor. Then at first Zubina and Amay become fake Jatt parents of Sanjay and meet Aditi’s real parents, and then become fake Rajput parents of Aditi and meet Sanjay’s real parents. Aditi and Sanjay also manage their office colleagues and their boss to take part in the act in playing the roles of their fake relatives.
Now, Aditi wants to settle down in the US after getting married to Sanjay to go far away from all the consequences, which may appear when their parents will get to know about the truth. So, she asks her boss to convince Sanjay. But Sanjay loves his mother (Yamini Das) too much. After his sister’s incident, he doesn’t want to leave his mother alone and go to the US. So, after he gets to know about Aditi’s action, they had a little fight and Sanjay goes back to Jahanabad for their marriage preparation. There are some beautiful moments shown in the movie, when Sanjay’s mother gives a traditional welcome to Aditi after their marriage.
Then Sanjay goes back to Delhi with his fake parents and relatives as ‘Baraati’ to again get married to Aditi for the second time in front of her real parents. Now, from here starts the real tragedy, when everyone somehow figures out the truth by the end. How and what happens next is the remaining story of the movie.
’14 Phere’ had the potential to be an entertaining, yet a sensitive romantic-comedy story, but it ends up being nothing more than a one-time watch. The whole plot of the movie is not so enjoyable. We have literally seen this kind of movies before in Bollywood. Though, the film is not at all unwatchable at any point, but still it could have been a lot more interesting.
The chemistry between Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda is clearly missing. A romantic-comedy movie requires the chemistry crackling enough between the lead actors to catch the audience emotions, but it was not at all up to the mark. Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda tried their level best to give justice to their roles. Vikrant Massey’s work in this movie is too poor and pale in comparison to his work in ‘Haseen Dillruba’ (2021).
However, Gauhar Khan is the only one, who kept us entertained through out the whole movie with her few comedy scenes. Jameel Khan also tried his best to make us laugh, but nothing really worked.
Overall, the movie is not so bad, but if you are looking for an absolute breath-taking comedy, it will surely fail to impress you and can break all the expectations.