Hey Prabhu!: Web Series Review
Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Parul Gulati, Sheeba Chaddha, Rituraj Singh, Achint Kaur, Pryanca Talukdar, Neha Panda, Vaishnavi Rao, Raj Bhansali, Ashish Bhatia, Devdutt Dani, Shashwat Mukherjee.
Director: Shashanka Ghosh.
Language: Hindi, English.
Genre: Comedy, Drama.
Channel: MX Player.
Release Date: 20 February 2019.
Synopsis: Tarun Prabhu is a millennial social media influencer who hasn’t yet come face to face with the hardships in life. After he gets a job at a prestigious magazine, he is pulled out of his comfort zone and has to work hard to stabilize his professional life, while also handling problems in his personal life at the same time. ‘Hey Prabhu’ revolves around how Tarun deals with all of this.
- Before moving on to other aspects of the show, a huge round of applause to the team that worked on the title sequence, the title song, and the animation. It is brilliantly done and captures the full essence of the show within just one minute.
- Characters like Tarun Prabhu, Arunima, Mita, and Tarun’s parents have been etched out pretty well and these well-defined characters, topped up with excellent performances by their respective actors, form one of the greatest strengths of this web series.
- Rajat Barmecha is impressive as Tarun Prabhu, the social media influencer struggling to build his foothold in the office. Parul Gulati, too, portrays her character, the Miss Perfect Arunima, very well. Achint Kaur and Sheeba Chaddha deserve a special mention as well, for their remarkable performances as Mita and Tarun’s mother respectively. It went well with the light-hearted theme of the show.
- The screenplay maintains a balance between Tarun’s personal as well as professional life, throughout the fast-paced storyline. It also explores the generation gap between the millennials and the elder generation in both of the aspects – personal (with parents), and professional (with the superiors and the business heads).
- The show is cleverly written, with witty jokes and dialogues sprinkled all over. It is also a commentary on the youth’s obsession with social media, and how it all seems perfect online, but real life is a struggle for everyone.
- Advait Nemlekar, the background music director of the web series, has done a pretty good job at maintaining the quirky-comedy essence of the show with the background music.
- The show does come to an abrupt end, and although it seems to be paving its way for a second season, the sudden and hasty cut-off in the end disrupts the flow and the smoothness the show had maintained till that point.
- Some of the scenes did not add much value to the show, and felt like fillers in an otherwise tightly-knit and well-written storyline.
‘Hey Prabhu!’ is one of those witty entertainers that deserve a watch!
- Rajat Barmecha has worked in web series such as The Girl in the City (Season 1, 2 and 3), and Love, Lust and Confusion. He was also a part of the film, Udaan.
- The director of Hey Prabhu!, Shashanka Ghosh, is well-known for directing films such as Quick Gun Murugan, Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor-starrer Khoobsurat, and recently, Veere Di Wedding.
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