Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 2 Review
Starring: Abhishek A. Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Nithya Menon, Saiyami Kher and others.
Directed by: Mayank Sharma.
Written by: Mayank Sharma, Bhavani Iyer, Vikram Tuli and Arshad Syed.
What is it about:
Abhishek A. Bachchan’s digital debut, BREATHE: INTO THE SHADOWS is a 12-episode thriller which is about a couple’s search for their missing daughter, and the manipulation that they face at the hands of a masked kidnapper. Avinash Sabharwal (Abhishek A. Bachchan), a well-to-do psychiatrist living in Gurgaon, and his wife Abha (Nithya Menen), who is a chef, find themselves embroiled in a nightmare, as their 6-year-old daughter is kidnapped. The kidnapper approaches the couple a whole nine months later and asks them to carry out a series of murders on his behalf, in order to save their child. The murders seem to have some sort of thematic connection to the mythology of Ravana and the 10 negative emotions that complete him: anger or krodha, lust or hawas, ego or ahankara, fear or bhay, and so on.
What we liked:
Certain episodes of the show are intriguing and edge of a seat thriller. Inspector Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) continues his run in the second season, wearing the mantle of the one character that will get to the bottom of things, one way or another. Both Avinash and Kabir get into a chase trying to discover who the serial killer/kidnapper is which lead to several breathtaking scenes and twists. Performances of the actors enhance the drama that unfolds in front of us. Abhishek A. Bachchan is superb; Amit Sadh is good while Nithya Menon, Saiyami Kher plays their part well.
What we didn’t like:
The writing and editing is poor, performances of main actors and supporting actors keeps you attached to the show, else even if you take a coffee break without pausing the series you will still be able to connect the dots because as you move forward in the show it becomes predictable and loses its charm of the first few episodes. Also the character of Abhishek A Bachchan could have been explored more and the character of Amit Sadh as an intense police officer is the same old type of police officer who carries an emotional baggage of personal loss we have seen in many films and series. The show that deals with murders and mysteries needed some out of the box thinking and plots but it was the same old clichés associated with murder mysteries over the year. The first season was highly liked as the web industry in India was getting explored but now in 2020, it has already set a benchmark and new things are awaited not the same old routine which we see in many movies, one reason why the web series demand has increased in the last two – three years in India.