Out of Love

Out of Love is an Indian series based on Doctor Foster by Mike Bartlett adapted by Hotstar for it’s label Hotstar Specials. It is directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Aijaz Khan starring Rasika Dugal and Purab Kohli in lead roles.

Out of Love’s decision to stick with blonde hair on the scarf is especially curious, considering most Indians have black hair. The writers justify it by claiming that a lot of people have coloured highlights, but that still narrows down the pool of women Meera can suspect to a select few people of the younger generation, as people of her age aren’t likely to opt for highlights. By contrast, when Meera’s counterpart — Dr. Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) — in Doctor Foster finds a blonde hair, it drives her crazy as she begins suspecting nearly every female acquaintance of her husband. That fear can’t be translated to Out of Love, since there’s no reason for Meera to doubt those who only have black hair, which in turn lessens the paranoia because suddenly it’s not Meera against the world.

From a director’s standpoint, Out of Love fails in building to most moments. To make audiences feel the full blow of Dr. Foster finding that blonde hair, the director and cinematographer of Doctor Foster worked together to create a sense of urgency, with a handheld camera always moving with the characters in combination with a lot of overlapping dialogue. And all that came to an abrupt stop just as her world comes crashing down. In stark contrast, Out of Love is slowly plotted and has none of that thrill of its BBC counterpart. Forget directorial flair, it’s almost as if they were directing in their sleep, given how scenes have no energy to them and fail to be rescued by background music, or actors are asked to play their characters in a way that doesn’t do the scene justice.

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