Decoupled- Watch It Only If You Are A True R Madhavan Fan

Arya is a sadist, self-centered, and insecure fiction writer. Shruti is a highly-driven, serious woman who knows what she wants. Will their marriage work out? The title of the show Decoupled gives you a big clue.

Arya is a sadist, self-centered, and insecure fiction writer. Shruti is a highly-driven, serious woman who knows what she wants. Will their marriage work out? The title of the show Decoupled gives you a big clue.

There is nothing extraordinary about this series. The only thing that stands out is how good R Madhavan plays Arya. Even though Arya is highly unlikable, you can’t stop wishing he has a happy ending. He is manipulative and will do everything in his power to get what he wants. He hates it when anyone else is happy and will try to ruin it for them just because. The only genuine and selfless love he has is for his daughter- Rohini.

There are quite a few characters in the 8-episode Netflix show. However, most of them seemed to be forcefully added. The show must have been the same even if these characters were written off. Trust me, no one would have noticed. Chetan Bhagat plays himself. He and Arya are nemeses and cannot help but throw potshots at each other like someone has programmed them to do so. If there was an award for the most gratuitous character in the series, it would go to Agni, a famous spiritual guru, played by Atul Kumar. He is like those obnoxious aunties at gatherings who have an opinion on everything and you have no other choice but to listen to them.

Surveen Chawla is tolerable as Shruti, who owns a start-up and looking for funding. She is a strict mom and often bears the brunt of Arya’s casual and ‘chilled out’ parenting. Ganesh, Shruti, and Arya’s driver is the only supporting character that stands out. Played by Mukesh Bhatt, he coerces a smile out in this otherwise dull show.

Let alone the characters, flow, and story of the series; there is a problem with the basic premise of the show. The lead pair’s marriage is over and both of them know it well. They are still living together and will continue to do it for the sake of their only child. And get this, they have become best buddies now. Really? Of course, the show is a work of fiction but it is just catachrestic.

To sum up, go and watch Decoupled only if you are a true fan of R Madhavan. Also, set your bar of expectation really low. Only then maybe you could finish watching the whole series at a go. Hope Netflix redeems itself with some decent content in 2022.

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