Cast: Rajat Barmecha, Parul Gulati, Achint Kaur, Jasmeet Singh Bhatia, Sonyaa Ayodhya, Pryanca Talukdar, Rituraj Singh, Grusha Kapoor, Devdutt Dani, Ashish Bhatia, Raj Bhansali and Neha Panda
Director: Abhishek Dogra
Platform: MX Player
An MX Player Original series, 'Hey Prabhu' was the rom-com series that was released in 2019, and now once again Tarun Prabhu is here with his story full of puzzles with its second season, 'Hey Prabhu 2'. It seems one thing is about to resolve and another one just knocks on his door.
Tarun Prabhu (Rajat Barmecha), a so-called youngster with a massive social network (Twitter) and another web following, portrays a millennial whose personal and professional lives usually get collide. It demonstrates how youths make mistakes by thinking that things on social media are similar to things in their private or personal lives. He's a working guy who works for a magazine, 'Croissant', sees the world in a totally different light; his life seems to be piercing and discordant, with disagreements in every part of his story.
In chapter 2, Tarun has changed a bit but his problems in life are not. He's an independent guy who lives with his best friend, Sikka (Jasmeet Singh Bhatia) who shows a really playful side of his personality. Truly saying, Sikka is one of the best characters among all. His father, a former Merchant Navy officer, Ishwar (Rituraj Singh), and mother, Shanti (Grusha Kapoor) both often miss their kid but unfortunately, Tarun makes time for his parents. In fact, due to this gap between the family, his parents don't tell him about the financial issues because of which his dad has to join some new company.
This is not it, other characters in the series are mostly the same as the first season. And this story is revolved around sexual issues, due to which he feels embarrassed. Arunima (Parul Gulati) also works with him in the same office, and he admires her a lot and while getting intimate with her, Tarun hasn't faced any trouble. But as always, how Prabhu's life can be sorted. Everything gets messed up when the company takes some decisions to make everything digital. Arunima takes a lot of stress and one of their friend, Rimjhim (Neha Panda) also gets fired.
No doubt, the concept of having such problems that usually people don't discuss even with their friends, is somehow a great move towards sex education but still, you might feel some missing parts in the series. For instance, when the whole team goes to Goa as a refreshment trip. It could have been more fun to shot the beautiful locations of the place and even the chemistry among the youngsters is missing. It drops the hope of watching something exciting among them in the tripIt
The acting of Rajat Barmecha is good enough as an individual character but that love chemistry with Parul Gulati is not that much enthusiastic. It's a rom-com drama series but after watching it you can say love is missing in the show and everything dramatically happens one after another. In spite, there are a lot of intimate scenes to attract the audience. Achint Kaur plays the role of Tarun's boss and perfectly shows her every mood with her body language, facial expressions & of-course with her overall acting. But, Parul Gulati's acting is average as she seems a bit over-dramatic in some scenes.
If talking about the storyline, there's nothing new from season 1. As it starts from the same point from where the first chapter ended. Same life issues continue with this season also, so there's nothing much presentable. Moreover, it's quite predictable and the same old story with a quite low pace. It could have been ended in 6-7 episodes but dragged to 10 episodes with an average time of 30 mins. Though, the maturity level has been increased in this season if compared to the previous one.
Direction by Abhishek Dogra is fine but could have been much better if talking about the overall series. As the missing pieces could have been reconnected to make it more engaging for everyone. As it's an office drama that normally people love to watch.
Indeed the humour among the characters is here, which can make you laugh out loud. Dialogues have a great role to hold the interest of the audience. But the best part of the series is the friendship chemistry of Tarun & Sikka, and that's really funny. It also consists of a few background songs that are relatable to the situation but not much rememberable.
'Hey Prabhu 2' is a story about Tarun's life full of office Lafdas, relationship Dhokas, family Locha, and his personal crisis. Yes, there's nothing new in this season except more adult scenes but still, the series manages to engage you till the end. So, if you have watched season 1 then you must watch it. Though it's a one-time chill-out series that you can watch if you want to break your stress level. But, its targeted audience is of a specific age-group.