Story: An orphan, our protagonist Prakash is conned out of the property his parents left him by his sister and brother-in-law. An introvert by nature, butt an overall nice guy, he grows up to be a moderately successful electrician and does pro bono repair work for neighbours. His life gets complicated when he decides to marry an aspiring actress.
When a movie has a character actor like Hemant Pandey (Pandeyji of Office Office fame) as its leading man, you expect the story to be something special, especially when the film is marketed as a slice-of-life comedy. But Prakash Electronics packs too much -melodrama, a message and suspense in a movie that is an hour too long.
The story takes a turn when a pretty girl, Barkha (Hrishita Bhatt), rents a house in Prakash’s building and he is smitten and wants to marry her. There’s only one problem here. No, it’s not that Barkha is way out of his league. Just that Barkha is an aspiring actress and Prakash doesn’t like people who work in films. According to him, “Film industry waali ladkiyan aise waise kaam karti hain.”
In a film that tries to dispel the myth that all actresses take the casting couch route to stardom, it’s surprising that Prakash doubts her character on more than one occasion. Interestingly, the only word beeped out in the film is ‘item’, which is how most of the characters refer to Barkha. Still, misogyny is not the weakest point in the film. As a viewer, you’re cheated of a twist concerning Prakash’s romantic life, which could have been fun to watch. It does have a handful of funny scenes, but you have to wait for the jokes through cringe-inducing melodrama. Prakash Electronics itself is in serious need of repair on its script, music and jokes.
The film is peopled withTV actors right from the lead Hemant Pandey. Then there are other lords of small films—Om Puri doing the voiceover, Rajpal Yadav in a walk-on role and Sanjay Mishra in yet another part which does nothing for his incredible talent. Manoj Pahwa, Himani Shivpuri and Vrajesh Hirjee bring up the rear with their over the top characters and Hrishitaa Bhatt, in an LBD and kiss curls, gamely provides the much needed glamour in a film, that, with its static camera, resembles a long drawn Sab TV comedy projected on the big screen.
Things happen rather randomly on screen—the twists, turns, misunderstandings and reconciliations—and somehow something like a film gets cobbled together. A wealthy jeweller’s daughter makes rotis in the kitchen while dancing to DDLJ songs. Some dream sequences and love songs—like ‘Ishq da current lag gaya’—get shot in malls in Agra, and, of course, in and around Taj Mahal. But then it’s a small budget film and so honest to its frugality that even the leading lady in the film within the film stays in a two-star Hotel Residency while on a shoot in Agra.