“Phera” is very much similar to “Mahulbanir Sereng”. In both the movies Shilajit plays a doctor, practicing in a tribal village, in both the movies he fells in love with a tribal girl and in both of the films the girls get pregnant. But there are some differences as well, Chandreyee Ghosh in “Mahulbanir Sereng” was a married woman and after being pregnant she committed suicide but in “Phera”, Shilajit’s love interest Jhinuk (Rituparna Sengupta) does not commit suicide but gives birth to their son Apu. Ten years after when Akash (Shilajit) comes to that village with his wife Urmi (Priya Karfa), he searches for Jhinuk (Rituparna) but finds her no where. Apu works at the cottage where they were Staying, without knowing that Apu is Akash’s son. The day, they were about to return to Kolkata, Apu does not come to work. While searching for him Akash discovers that Apu is Jhinuk’s son. Jhinuk reveals that Apu is Akash’s son and dies. Father and son meet after ten years and Urmi decides to adopt Apu without knowing the truth.
All the actors have undoubtedly delivered good performances. Chandan Sen (Mungru) did justice to his short villainous role. A good direction accompanied with good cinematography has made the film beautiful. The songs are beautiful and suited the sequences well. The Rabindra Sangeet “Gram Chhara Oi Ranga Matir Path” has been used appropriately. But there is no reason for Rituparna to wear dark shaded eye shadow all the time despite of being a poor tribal girl. The only drawback of this film is that it is very much predictable. The time the audience see Dr. Akash searching for Jhinuk and when little Apu Says that he works to feed his ill-mother; the audience know what is going to be the end.