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14 Phere Review: Worn Out Twice Over

Senior Journalist Bharathi S Pradhan reviews Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kharbanda starrer 14 Phere that is streaming on Zee5 Premium.

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Worn Out Twice Over

Aditi (Kriti Kharbanda) is a Jatni, Sanjay (Vikrant Massey), a Rajput. With both families steeped in orthodox caste beliefs, the couple that’s been living in can’t make it formal.


Unless Sanju’s friends from the Delhi theatre pitch in their skills to playact parents and family and do the saat pheras once at his place and again at hers. It’s way better than eloping, as it’s pointed out right at the end. You’re told that Sanjay’s sister who had the gumption to run away was declared dead by his father, an act applauded by their society.


Hindi cinema, and later Indian television too, have presented a false set of parents, caste obduracy and wedding chaos several times in the 60s, 70s and 80s. But OTT is a landing platform to regurgitate comedy and conventions of the past and package them as today’s entertainment. So if you’re ready to time machine to a few decades ago, you may be able to sit through and even find amusement in the two rounds of ‘comic’ mayhem.


There are the usual items that are supposed to be heart-stopping – Zubina (Gauahar Khan), Sanjay’s colleague from the theatre, playacts his mother but she has already had one drunken encounter with Aditi’s rigid brother who finds her familiar. It’s a tried-and-tested moment here and in the West, in cinema and TV shows, even in PG Wodehouse books. It could’ve been far more comic than it actually is.

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But director Devanshu Singh valiantly keeps it going, packing in wedding scenes and wedding songs ad nauseam to stretch one comic thought. It is recommended that in a comedy, you overlook inconsistencies. Like Aditi’s parents are unbendingly traditional and won’t send her sister to study in Kolkata. But they’re fine with Aditi being a career woman who lives on her own and they haven’t a clue that she’s openly shacked up with Sanjay. Aditi too is an individualistic tigress on the campus and at work but unquestioningly turns into a kitten before her father and brother.


To bring in emotions, Devanshu has a rift between Aditi and Sanjay over her wanting to shift to the US while he wants to be near his mother. The couple leaves it unresolved with Aditi dissolving when she meets his mother. Time for a song sequence.


Although it’s all been said before and you know where it’ll end, it’s fairly well put together. Vikrant and Kriti are also watchable. So if you’re in the mood for a light family and wedding comedy that’s familiar but doesn’t tax your brains, go for it.

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