This film is a surprise from director Parthasarathi Joardar. It is a complete departure from his all earlier films. He wanted to make some thing different than the used commercial ventures. And “Phera” is a different film no doubt.
The story & screenplay is written by Parthasarathi himself. City doctor, Akash, comes back to a tribal village with his wife. The films evolve around the search of Akash for a tribal girl Jhinuk whom he met when he first came here before ten years.
Shilajit has played the role of Aakash & Rituparna has played the role of Jhinuk, the tribal girl.
The lapse of ten years is beautifully and carefully handed by the director. The change of telegram to mobile phone & the change of Ambassador Car to Zen is just a subtle touch. The restrained behaviour & Changed person of Aakash is superbly enacted by Shilajit. The dialect used by the tribal people is questionable & cliché but if we consider this film for the urban & semi urban people, then there is no other way than using this cliché dialect. Rituparna’s Jhinuk is suffered by her bad make-up & costume.
The three fourth of the film is the flash back of Aakash. Through this flashback we come to know what happened before ten years.
Aakash came here with a purpose, with an ideology of serving the poor village people. His father, a city business man, didn’t approve of his son’s decision. The only problem with the story lies in this place. Why a foreign-educated doctor in the late 90’s of the last century was motivated to serve in the village? There is no clue about this in the entire story line.
Apart from this lapse, the remaining part has no problem; rather the remaining part has tried to justify the lapse.
Aakash & Jhinuk has a love-story and it has a villain too. The villain is Mangru, a tribal young man who wants to marry Jhinuk and disapproves her mixing with the urban doctor. At this juncture director understood the presence of Mangru might disturb the tempo of the film, so Mangru’s conscience approves before Mangru & after a brief discourse the conscience in able to convince Mangru to let Jhinuk at her will. This is the most weakest & non-cinematic part of the entire film.
Aakash got physically involved with Jhinuk and then had come back to town after getting a telegramme from his father.
After reaching town Aakash was forced to marry Umri at his father’s will. During last ten years they were unable to have any children.
The film begins wit the arrival of Urmi & Aakash at the same village where they find a few tribal people beating a woman, who is a suspected witch. This Sequence can easily guess what kind of film they going to watch.
The search for Jhinuk ends when Aakash finds her in the death-bed. Jhinuk hands over their son Apu to Aakash & dies. Apu works as the helping hand in the guest house where Aakash & Uemi stays.Though every spectator can easily guess who Apu really is, but the suspense remains as how & when Aakash will know it.
Priya Karfa as Urmi is good as a caring wife.
The music of this film is very good. Sanchayita the music director & lyricist have done a superb job. Also the background music by Pradip Chakraborty is praise worthy. The camera work is good at some portion and very bad at some portion.
But above all “Phera” is not a run-of-the will kind of Tollygunge venture. It is different.