Hardik Mehta has made this amazing show, ‘Decoupled’ that was released on Netflix today. This show has a lot of real stuff that it has tried to cover through the lenses of a married couple, their daughter and the society. To begin with, I absolutely loved every introduction for the 8-episode series, each one indicating separation intertwined into the nuances of life right from finger rings to toothbrushes and much more.

It begins with the lead couple, Arya and Shruti talking in their car about something which instantly turns into a minor argument between the couple. The one thing that I appreciate about this show is that it has its roots in the very basics of every household and to present it in the exact same manner without exaggeration was done fantastically by the team. It is the cast that brings a spark in the same old concept that most of us might be experiencing in our own houses. From talking about issues related to teenage boys to the treatment of maids in certain households, this show has tried to cover some major problems that are present in Indian society.

Arya, played by the phenomenal R Madhavan is a novelist who can get into a tussle with anyone and everyone for the silliest of matters. He is shown to be so tactless, witty and sharp with his comments which are on-point but yet so hilarious. The bond that he shares with his daughter is adorable as they can spot even the slightest changes in each other’s behaviors. Although he is about to undergo separation with his wife, Shruti (Suvreen Chawla), they are seen to share a bond of friendship that surpasses their ‘marriage’ for them. 

With Shruti, Mehta has tried to depict an Indian modern yet independent wife who has a say in the marriage, which I appreciate. She is strong, beautiful and decisive. Shruti is a strict parent and she shares a different kind of bond with her daughter than Arya does. Her relationship with her mother (Apara Mehta) is noteworthy as they share details as minute and intimate as a UTI. The comprehension of Arya and Shruti’s married life by her mother is portrayed in such an innocent manner, which would be a doubt for many of us as well. 

This show is strikingly different from the other husband-wife-divorce shows for many reasons for me. One of the most prominent reasons is the fact that there is more to a marriage than fights and arguments, and sometimes, being a friend with your partner comes first. The sarcasm in every dialogue and scene was appropriate, the one with not shaking a teen boy’s hand by Arya being extremely funny. 

Living as a child in a house with a troubled marriage is hard but this show has taken efforts for the audience to look at it through a child’s perspective, which is commendable. The most common questions that go through a child’s mind in such a situation has been raised and empathized with. The steps that children go on to take in order to display retaliation is also shown. 

Children are a product of a family and a marriage and keeping them first, no matter what, is something I take from this show. We might have different perspectives on what we take from this show but even with it’s satirical approach on Indian society, this show is wholesome in it’s own way. Through this show, we get to know the perspectives of many people who are dealing with their own set of problems but they differ in coping with it. 

Among the noteworthy performances were Sonia Rathee, Aseem Hattangady, Srestha Banerjee who added a good spark to this comedy. To conclude, R Madhavan and Suvreen Chawla look like they have absorbed the characters of Arya and Shruti respectively and throughout the 8 episodes, they do look like a real married couple with all the nitty-gritties. 


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