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Decoupled – A Fun Tale On Faltering Modern Marriage

R Madhavan and Surveen Chawla, who are decoupled, discuss their relationships and marriages have changed, directed by Hardik Mehta.

Decoupled – A Fun Tale On Faltering Modern Marriage

Sentinel Digital Desk

Title- Decoupled

Cast: R Madhavan, Surveen Chawla

Creator: Manu Joseph

Director: Hardik Mehta

Streaming Platform: Netflix

Decoupled series, directed by Hardik Mehta and written and created by Manu Joseph, stars R Madhavan as Arya, a bestselling author with a fragile social filter who is in the process of negotiating a separation from his wife Shruti, played by Surveen Chawla. In the trailer, Madhavan exposes a side of himself that we haven't seen before on film — he's loud-mouthed, disagreeable, and impatient, and he's constantly arguing with his soon-to-be ex-wife. After a few episodes, we realize that his social filter isn't just fragile; it's completely absent. And that provides the groundwork for a number of amusing situations and what-just-happened moments to keep these eight episodes moving forward.

Decoupled is not the first streaming series to focus on the struggles of an urban Indian couple. However, it makes history in more ways than one. Tois begin, the leading duo of Madhavan and Chawla is a breath of fresh air; unlikeable and surprising. They appear to come from very different worlds, but they somehow work together - this is true of both the performers and the characters they portray. The show is entirely in English, yet that does not seem out of place given that it is set in Gurgaon's affluent environs. In reality, the film's only Hindi speakers are the maids and drivers, and the makers employ language in an intriguing way to highlight class disparities. The makers of Decoupled have used some of the most politically incorrect lines you've ever heard on film.

Arya and Shruti find themselves in an unusual situation: they have decided to divorce after more than a decade of marriage, but they want to live together and co-parent their nine-year-old daughter even after the divorce is finalized. The show lacks the animosity that we've come to associate with on-screen fighting couples on the eve of a breakup. We meet Arya and Shruti at a stage in their lives and marriage when they have put the negative aspects of their lives and marriage behind them.

The hilarity of Decoupled is based on reactions, particularly Chawla's, rather than lines spoken. The actress's face is a gallery of expressions that can say a lot with a simple eye-roll. Shruti is a beautiful, clever, and incredibly successful businesswoman, and Chawla nails every note, particularly when she lets her guard down in rare moments of weakness. Despite the fact that they rarely interact on film, her chemistry with Madhavan is apparent.

Chetan Bhagat, who plays himself – "not the best author, but the bestselling novelist," as he says in the series – is a casting choice as intriguing as the starring couple. As Arya's archrival, he is subjected to a barrage of insults and pointless competitions.

While the show is mostly lighthearted, bordering on slapstick at times, Madhavan and Chawla manage to strike the delicate balance required to root their characters. There's a lot of banter, riffing, fights, and squabbles that make for a lot of laughs, but at the end of the day, the couple knows they're in a pickle, and the programme doesn't try to hide it. Apart from being hilarious, Decoupled is endearing to watch because of its honesty and clarity.

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