A father's love can save a life.. or take one," setting the tone for a dark and gritty series.
What is the story about?
The story follows a 6-year-old girl getting kidnapped by a mysterious masked man, his unusual demands throw the family away. To save his daughter, Dr Avinash Sabharwal (Abhishek A.Bachchan) has to kill someone. How far will a father go to save his daughter forms the crux of the series created and directed by Mayank Sharma.
Breathe: Into the Shadows marks the digital debut of Abhishek A.Bachchan, this will surely be a game-changer for him. That’s the impression we get from his performance. But somewhere the writers were little lazy who were diluting a strong character inconsistently. You notice that the journey of Dr.Avinash Sabharwal was intended to be a strong character but in the process of making it one, they kept pushing too many attributes that Mr.Bachchan looks a little worn out by the end of it. But he has to be appreciated, in spite of the shortcomings he delivered a great performance. Amit Sadh (Kabir Sawant) may be billed as supporting character but trust me he’s one of the strongest aspects of the series. He outperforms his counterparts and delivered a brilliant performance. Nithya Menen (Abha Sabharwal), initially her character doesn’t interest you, but as the episodes progress, she makes a very good impression with her commendable performance.
Breathe 2 works as a whole mainly because of its supporting cast. There are a lot of actors who were being introduced in every episode. And everyone did a great job. But the core supporting cast which includes Ivana Kaur (Sia), Resham Shrivardhan (Gayatri), Shrikant Verma (Jaiprakash), Hrishikesh Joshi (Prakash), Shardha Kaul (Zeba Rizvi), Saiyami Kher (Shirley) & Plabita Borthakur (Meghana Verma) did an amazing job, complimenting the central cast and completing the ensemble.
Breathe 2 starts off slow, but picks up gradually grabbing your attention. The creator and director Mayank Sharma has this wavering pattern of writing which keeps changing your opinion about the series. The consistency was little off, and that aspect doesn’t work in favour of the crime-thrillers. Especially, when it is the case of cat and mouse game, between the protagonist and the killer. If you’ve noticed in the first season, which apparently doesn’t have anything to do with the current one, except for Amit Sadh, doesn’t dim down the character of Madhavan (Danny) who is on the same quest of Abhishek Bachchan. In “Into the Shadows” the case is different, the emotions of the family are shown with no remorse for their actions to save their child. You may argue they do display emotions of despair, sadly they were poorly written which dilutes the integrity of the family.
Creator and Director Mayank Sharma stagger a bit to bring all the elements to justice with a well-written back story. In the process to make flashback stronger the current timeline loses its steam in spite of having a great potential to be an edge of the seat thriller. Still, you don’t lose interest in the series. It does have few innate aspects which hold the series together for 12 episodes. It doesn’t give up, manages to build momentum after 6 episodes and tries to cover its tracks which were loosely left unattended.
Thrillers are tacky; they demand utmost focus in writing. It doesn’t work if the creator works with a checklist. In the latter case, it loses the integrity of the genre. Such was the case with “Into the Shadows”, which had amazing potential but kept staggering to get its game together. And the stretched climax was getting a little tiring. Despite its textbook treatment, it manages to hold your interest and keeps you hooked for the entire season. And the credit goes to its brilliant cast who did an amazing job.
Music and other Departments
The cinematography was brilliant by Bharathwaj, he has a good eye for thrillers. And that was backed with crisp editing by Sumeet Kotian. The background score by Karan Kulkarni was gripping and suited well. The VFX, sound design and mix were perfectly rendered.
Despite few shortcomings, the series manages to make your time worthwhile. It has a few qualities that you refuse to stop halfway and makes sure to finish the entire season. Definitely the cast was brilliant, which held the series together without falling apart.
Wavering writing which keeps trying to find its core. But when it does, it’s a little late. If not for its cast, the story would’ve lost its breath midway.
Did I enjoy it?
I enjoyed it. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. Its textbook approach despite being clichéd makes it worthwhile.
Do I recommend it and why?
I recommend it. Amit Sadh and Abhishek Bachchan has displayed great attributes of actors and doesn’t let the spirit of the series die.