‘Decoupled’ review: Poor screenplay mars viewing experience

Director Hardik Mehta’s ‘Decoupled’ is a series of outbursts telling us why the couple is separating. Basically, the flow of the narrative appears flatteringly disconnected with funny incidents and thoughts put together.

This eight-episode series begins with disclosing the OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) of Aarya Iyer (R Madhavan) a well-known author of pulp fiction. And gradually as the narrative progresses, his wife Shruti Sharma (Surveen Chawla) complains that he is, “a self-centered, self-absorbed, selfish a***hole, so full of himself.”

But the fact is, Aarya is just himself – a tactless, misanthropic who hurts people unknowingly. He does not suffer any real repercussions for his actions, so he has no real reason to change.

The series holds your attention for the first three episodes because of the characters and the situation they are in. The gags and its arid humor appearing in silos are purely entertaining if you’re able to get past the disjointedness of the scenes. But thereafter, the series loses its sheen subsequently.

In every episode, there are certain scenes, with no rhyme or reason, just for effects. This is specifically noticed in episode 8 when Mayank, Aarya’s friend, and filmmaker, is gagged and bound in the car boot when they are going to Goa. And in Episode 7 when Rohini struts out of her house defiantly in leather outfits…the list is endless.

Madhavan’s portrayal of the character is what makes this series worth a watch. It is the smugness of his character’s shtick that becomes somewhat familiar and your heart bleeds for him, when he tells his wife, “I was happy. I was happy with everything. I was happy with you even. Hey, I’m a man. It’s easy for a man to be happy, we’re clinically happy.”

Overall, the series is mounted with decent production values and benefits from punchy dialogues and irresistibly charismatic performances from its ace cast, but it is the screenplay of the series that is disappointing. (IANS)

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