Decoupled Web Series Review: R Madhavan’s Charm Cannot Save Netflix Show From Jokes That Don’t Land

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Web Series

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Rating:


1.5
/5


Star
Cast:

R
Madhavan,
Surveen
Chawla


Director:

Hardik
Mehta


Available
On:

Netflix

Duration:

8
Episodes/
40
Minutes

Language:

English
&
Hindi


Plot:

The
show
follows
a
couple
fallen
out
of
love,
who
have
been
living
together
for
the
sake
of
their
young
daughter.
However,
after
years
of
living
together
despite
separation,
the
two
finally
decide
to
file
for
divorce
and
tell
the
family
with
a
celebration.

R Madhavan, surveen chawla


Review:

Decoupled

lands
several
jokes
thanks
to
Madhavan’s
charm
but
it
will
also
make
you
cringe
with
second-hand
embarrassment.
Leading
character
Arya
Iyer
seems
like
the
guy
who
asks
questions
to
break
several
societal
norms
in
an
effort
to
look
cool
but
he
is
also
seconds
away
from
being
the
guy
who
yells
at
his
waiter.

The
show
starts
with
Arya
Iyer’s
introduction,
who
is
known
as
India’s
second-best
author
after
Chetan
Bhagat.
He
is
not
only
ridiculed
by
his
competitors
but
most
of
some
of
his
neighbours
as
an
author
who
does
not
have
class.
Meanwhile,
Iyer
has
a
different
idea
of
his
personality,
someone
who
questions
the
world
in
an
attempt
to
break
the
stereotypical
notions
of
society.
Most
of
his
squabbles
end
up
with
his
wife
(Surveen
Chawla)
and
his
daughter
(Arista
Mehta)being
embarrassed.

Shruti
Sharma
played
by
Surveen
is
a
venture
capitalist
in
Banglore,
who
is
leaving
her
best
life
except
for
the
fact
that
she
had
to
look
at
her
husband
every
day
and
pretend
to
be
his
wife
publicly.
Shruti
and
Arya
who
have
been
on
the
verge
of
ending
their
marriage
for
a
while
have
struck
a
deal
to
remain
together
until
their
daughter
Roshni
can
handle
the
news
of
their
separation.

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However,
the
way
things
go
in
the
first
three
episodes
it
seems
like
Arya
has
no
intentions
of
letting
Shruti
go.
He
often
makes
illogical
excuses
to
stay
together
and
tries
to
bed
her
whenever
he
feels
like
it,
despite
them
having
no
relationship
at
all.
Decoupled
at
times
is
one
dialogue
away
from
turning
into
a
horror
show.
Other
times,
writer
Manu
Joseph
takes
the
leap
and
gives
Madhavan
a
dialogue
that
will
make
you
cringe
enough
to
pause
the
show
and
go
out
for
a
walk.


Decoupled

has
also
managed
to
be
self-aware
of
how
toxic
it
is,
but
makes
no
efforts
to
address
it.
One
of
the
subplots
of
the
show
follows
Arya
trying
to
crack
a
deal
with
Netflix
but
keeps
calling
out
the
platform
for
being
progressive
and
appointing
female
leads
or
not
progressive
enough
to
understand
his
viewpoint.
The
rest
of
the
show
is
just
the
same,
Arya
not
only
contradicts
his
behaviour
in
several
episodes
but
rarely
gets
a
chance
to
be
himself
in
the
first
place.
Most
of
the
characters
feel
like
puppets
who
talk
about
random
incidents
and
events
that
have
crossed
the
mind
of
the
show
writer
Manu
Joseph.

The
show
that
mainly
seems
like
a
two-hour
film
has
been
turned
into
a
mix
of
a
sitcom
and
Sex
and
the
city
format,
but
it
does
not
work
for
the
best.
The
few
episodes
that
actually
focus
on
the
story
at
hand,
work
but
not
without
a
bit
of
worry
for
Shruti’s
safety.

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Overall,

Decoupled

is
best
skipped,
especially
if
you
are
Madhavan’s
fan.
Unfortunately
for
the
show
and
fortunately
for
Chetan
Bhagat,
but
his
cameos
is
what
works
best
in
the
entire
Netflix
show.

Story first published: Monday, December 20, 2021, 16:20 [IST]

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