Out Of Love: Web Series Review
Here’s our review of why Hotstar’s latest Special, Out Of Love makes for an engaging watch, most of the time. Starring Rasika Dugal & Purab Kohli, the series is an adaptation of Doctor Foster.
Cast: Rasika Dugal, Purab Kohli, Soni Razdan, Meenakshi Chaudhary, Sanghmitra Hitaishi, Suhaas Ahuja, Himanshi Chaudhary, Harsh Chhaya, Ekavali Khanna, Aanjjan Srivastav.
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aijaz Khan.
Channel: Hotstar VIP.
Release Date: 22 November 2019.
Dr Meera Kapoor (Rasika Dugal) is living the perfect life in her small town of Coonoor. With a passionately loving husband, a good kid, and a respectably successful position as the doctor, her life is as normal as it can be. But the veil of this picture-perfect life is shattered as she discovers her husband- Akarsh (Purab Kohli)- is having an affair. Torn between embracing the mistakes for the sake of love and tearing the same love apart for its betrayal, Meera unravels- in both personal & professional sense. The good wife turns into an enforcer who isn’t afraid to destroy anything in her path to get the life she deserves.
- A tale of love gone sour, Hotstar’s Out Of Love– its latest adaptation of the BBC series Doctor Foster– deals with adultery, an issue society loves to brush under the carpet, whisper behind the doors. When a man cheats in a marriage, the woman is usually told to look the other way, because “It doesn’t matter, you’re his wife, he’ll come back to you.” Forget and forgive is the answer, and that’s what the protagonist of this show- Meera Kapoor– tries to do initially. But a proud woman to the core, she decides to take another route- she decides to fight. And she fights ugly; after all, everything is fair in love and war, and this is a war fought for love.
- Rasika Dugal– the subliminal actress- goes all out as Meera. The respected doctor and loving mother/wife becomes a strength to be reckoned with as she goes on a mission to prove Akarsh’s Plagued with the insidious seed of betrayal, her descent to madness is gradual and silent, a pressure cooker gathering steam to explode with a bang. Love can make you do all sorts of things, whether you are in or out of it. Rasika’s Meera is the testament of this, verging on the edge of disturbing, as she struggles between her fight-flight instinct. There’s a moment at the end where it seems she has killed her son lest he turn out to be his father, and you believe her- you believe her to be deranged enough to murder her own child. The character arc of Meera is fleshed out extremely well, and Rasika rises to the challenge subliminally.
- Tigmanshu & Aijaz create a perfect backdrop for a tragedy to strike, both physically and figuratively. The scenic and quaint Coonoor with its stagnant vibe, both compliments and contradicts the conflicted plot. While it mirrors the characters’ pretence of everything being perfect on the surface, their twisted games in the circle betrays the supposed tranquillity.
- The 5-episode series tries to maintain the tight rope of drama and suspense but fails to grab your attention and hold it. Some scenes just jump out of the blue causing continuity jerks that leave you scrambling for a moment to catch up.
- Apart from Rasika, none of the other characters leave lasting impressions, even Purab. Despite being the catalyst of the story, he somehow gets pushed to the background, and his character doesn’t really help him either. The supporting characters miss a depth to give meaning to their actions, making the story Meera-dominated, and hence a bit tilted.
Out Of Love is a fierce, woman-dominated tale love, betrayal and revenge. Worth a watch for Rasika’s powerful performance.
- Out Of Love marks Tigmanshu’s second venture with Hotstar VIP, he was also the co-director of Criminal Justice.
- Aijaz Khan makes his directorial debut on digital with Out Of Love, he is the director of the internationally acclaimed film Hamid.
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