Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen, Amit Sadh, Saiyami Kher, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shradha Kaul, Shruti Bapna, Resham Shrivardhankar
Director: Mayank Sharma
Ranking: 1.5 stars (out of 5).
To save his daughter, Dr. Avinash Sabharwal must kill somebody
Numerous episodes into Breathe: Into the Shadows, an Amazon Original, the guilt-ridden male lead character, a New Delhi psychiatrist who commits heinous acts under pressure, wonders what his partner will see him as after the ordeal is over and normalcy is restored in their lives.
We, too, have a concern. What does one finishes with a marathon mental thriller (it is all of nine hours long) that is dead from the neck up? Breathe: Into The Shadows, starring Abhishek Bachchan as Dr. Avinash Sabharwal whose six-year-old daughter is kidnapped and Nithya Menen (in her very first foray into the digital area) as his other half, Abha has little breathing area for logic.
Brutal murders rock the city. The psychiatrist and his spouse, a luxury hotel chef, have dark secrets that the audience is privy to from the extremely outset. The Delhi Police criminal offense branch is left groping for responses as intra-department politics takes a toll on the investigations. A lot of folklore and psycho-babble is thrown into the mix for excellent step. That is Breathe: Into The Shadows for you. Utter bilge.
The program lumps a lot of daft concepts together to produce a skiddy assortment of eliminates and spills that produces no authentic thrills. The unusual yarn swings wildly from the utterly pea-brained to the straight-out preposterous, amounting to a 12-episode web series that takes one's breath away with its string of unmitigated irrationalities.
Breathe: Into The Shadows, forecasted as Season 1 of a new series rather than as a follow-up to 2018's R. Madhavan-starrer Breathe, in which a Mumbai-based football coach does everything he can to save his boy, is helmed by the very same director, Mayank Sharma. The main property here is just as morally dodgy as the one in the previous getaway - it justifies premeditated murder as a badge of adult responsibility. However this time around, overall silliness sneaks into the concoction, increasing the repulsion.
One would have to be exceptionally generous or extraordinarily gullible to let the risible rationalizations passed off upon the audience pass without a squeak of disbelief, if not disdain. That favored whipping boy of all our recorded good-versus-evil sagas, Ravana, is undoubtedly conjured up. The kidnapper, instead of making a need for ransom after he has whisked Siya Sabharwal (Ivana Kaur) away in addition to an older lady (Resham Shrivardhankar), arm-twists the parents to support an odd strategy.
The Sabharwal couple is employed to liberate the world from the weak points that Ravana's ten heads symbolize - kroadh (anger), vaasna (lust), bhay (worry) and so on. If that does not sound ludicrous, absolutely nothing ever will.
The shrink, a man that the Delhi Police frequently turns to for assistance when faced with especially twisted sociopaths, hears his better half utter the phrase "mind games". When he does really jump into the arena, the man isn't a quite sight.
Because the action has actually shifted from Mumbai to Delhi, just 2 of the characters from 2018's Breathe - Inspector Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) and Sub Inspector Prakash Kamble (Hrishikesh Joshi) - make a return. The duo is easily moved to the nationwide capital after the emotionally edgy Kabir has served a six-month jail term for causing grievous injury to Meghna (Plabita Borthakur) in an attempt to capture a well-known extortionist.
Meghna, a recuperating drug user, is in a wheelchair however no remorses have in life. She now shares her favorable experiences at a de-addiction program where Kabir finds her after landing in Delhi. Life for the cop continues to be difficult - he still hasn't gotten over the death of his daughter - not the least because of the installing pressures at work as the Ravana murders send out the media into a tizzy.
Breathe: Into The Shadows is livened up occasionally by actors who lend some character to the story. Amongst them are Saiyami Kher as a hooker saving money for her more youthful bro's admission in an American art school, Shradha Kaul as an enthusiastic authorities officer, Shruti Bapna as a gay artist and author, Shataf Figar in the function of a psychoanalyst and Resham Shrivardhankar as the trainee of medication who is kidnapped in the opening moments of the series. None of them is allowed the scope to leave their stamp on a show that has a hard time to raise itself out of its morass.
If there roaming moments in Breathe: Into the Shadows that can be considered satisfactory, much of the credit ought to go to Amit Sadh. The couple is supposed to be in a race against time to save their daughter but the script is not able to produce the tautness and sense of urgency that would have us think that the storm raging within them is worth being invested in.
Breathe: Into the Shadows is low on oxygen. It vanishes not into the shadows however into a one-way abyss.