Breathe: Into the Shadows Review: Incredibly powerful, unflinchingly intense & unforgettable

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Breathe: Into the Shadows review is here. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh, and Nithya Menen in pivotal roles, the series is the second season of the superb Indian crime drama thriller web television series Breathe (Feb 2018) that starred R Madhavan and Amit Sadh. Created and directed by Mayank Sharma and produced by Abundantia Entertainment for Prime Video. Breathe: Into the Shadows is scheduled to premiere on July 10, 2020.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
Breathe: Into the Shadows is going to stay till we ‘breathe’ in and ‘breathe’ out.

The Story of Breathe: Into the Shadows
A 6-year old Siya Sabharwal (Ivana Kaur) is kidnapped by a mysterious masked man, who demands an unusual ransom. To save his daughter, Dr. Avinash Sabharwal (Abhishek Bachchan) must kill someone! Meanwhile, Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) who is coping with his PTSD gets transferred to Delhi Crime branch. Kabir is given charge of the investigation but things are way different from what meets the naked eye.

Breathe: Into the Shadows (Web Series Review)

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Breathe season 2 grows from season 1. The bold pulse riser that on first impression seems as another cat-and-mouse cop-versus-criminal saga, intoxicatingly infuses the viewer into a morality debate, the perception of a ‘criminal’.

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The second season created and directed by Mayank Sharma on a story by him and Vikram Tuli, further steers the original concept with mythological and philosophical overtones on evil, human sins and nature. The screenplay by Bhavani Iyer, Vikram Tuli and Mayank Sharma in the second season penetrates further and explores the ‘third’ human in us.

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The series in a way echoes the understanding of evil from Ramayana and Buddhism. In Japan there is a very popular saying about three faces. The first face, you show to the world. The second face, you show to your close friends, and your family. The third face, you never show anyone. It is the truest reflection of who you are.

Breathe – Into the Shadows Dialogues

Chillingly dwelling deeper into the study of the good, bad and evil human nature on different people under different circumstances, the 12-episode series wastes no time and is bang on target.

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With the kidnapping of the medical student Gayatri Mishra (Resham Shrivardhan) followed by the kidnapping of Siya that triggers the debate on morality, crime, humanity, the evil inside and outside.

Performances
Breathe: Into the Shadows is anchored by Abhishek Bachchan’s astonishingly restrained, controlled and nuanced performance. Abhishek Bachchan makes an intense and thrilling digital debut.

Nithya Menen as Abha Sabharwal is fantastic and adds tremendous emotional value. Ivana Kaur as Siya Sabharwal is cuteness redefined. The comeback of Amit Sadh as Kabir Sawant and in his element, poise and competency, the legacy is maintained perfectly.

Hrishikesh Joshi as Prakash Kamble is there again as the trusted assistant of Kabir Sawant. Shrikant Verma as Jaiprakash is a pleasant add on and it’s such a delight. There is an interesting twist in the character of Saiyami Kher as Shirley. Notable contribution comes from Plabita Borthakur as Meghna Verma who makes her presence felt.

Resham Shrivardhan as Gayatri Mishra leaves an impression. Shradha Kaul as Zeba Rizvi is quite an interesting development and the actress gets into the skin with natural ease. Nizhalgal Ravi as Principal Krishnan Moorthy is competent. Shruti Bapna as Natasha Garewal is fine.

Good support comes from Varin Roopani as Young Avinash, Pawan Singh as Angad Pandit, Kuljeet Singh as Pritpal Singh Bharaj, Dwij Vala as Young Avinash (8 years old) and Ravish Dumra as Adult Avinash

Technical
Alokananda Dasgupta and Karan Kulkarni’s music again does the required trick and it stays with you till the episodes end and end credits roll. S. Bharathwaaj’s cinematography is exceptional. Sumeet Kotian’s editing is par the requirement.

Flaws
During the end indulgence and comfort sinks in resulting in leisurely pace and a couple of dots are not filled.

Final words
Breathe: Into the Shadows the second season of Amazon Prime Video thumping success Breathe is not just at par, in fact it improves further and gets more mass appealing in the cat and mouse format and more penetrating in its debate on good, evil, humanity, sin, crime and morality. With Abhishek Bachchan’s astonishing act, Breathe: Into the Shadows is a true winner that will haunt and stay with you long after the credits roll.

Breathe: Into The Shadows | Official Trailer

pic/poster courtesy: Amazon Prime Video

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