Breathe: Into the Shadows (2020) Review- A Father or a Murderer?


Breathe: Into the Shadows is a story of a father set out to save his kidnapped daughter, even if he has to kill people for that.

Avinash Sabarwal (Abhishek Bachchan) is a leading psychiatrist in Delhi who lives happily with his wife Abha (Nithya Menen) and daughter Siya. Abha is an excellent chef in a renowned restaurant. Both of the protagonists are successful in their careers and lead a fulfilled life, until one day Siya gets kidnapped. Even after a lot of searching and police complaints they were not able to find her. Abhishek Bachchan has made a debut in the OTT platform with this series and has done a commendable job.

Inspector Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) handles the case of the killings which Avinash and his wife perform in order to keep their daughter alive. On top of that Avinash also helps Kabir in solving the cases, and frequently tampers with the evidence to not let suspicion come on him. Amit Sadh has performed well as a fearless cop. The sound score used in the series is perfect for the setting of a suspense thriller, which will remain in your mind even after the end.

Each of the episodes is written and directed in such a way that it will compel you to binge-watch until the end. The story and characters make you stay till the end and also remain with you after that. The story also has a mythological feel to it and has many references of Ramayana. The series has a dark feel to it creating a suspense thriller vibe with its cinematography and sound effects, which is a perfect blend for any suspense crime thriller.

Breathe: Into the Shadows has elements of well-researched mental health issues and the suspense would make you sit through the entire series and leave you awestruck.

“Psychiatrist hu.. aur ek Psychiatrist se better mind games kon samaj sakta hai?”

The various references to Ravana and the various vices a human has, which make him weak are some of the elements in the series which make it a must-watch.

“Hamare to bas ek sir me saare emotions hote hai, lekin Ravana ke paas har emotion ke liye ek sir tha”

The emotions brought out by Abhishek as a father who has to kill the people in order to save his daughter seems believable and might make your heart weep as well.

“Jab tum mujhe dekhogi Abha… what you’ll see? A father or a murderer?”

Performance: All the characters have done justice to their roles, which can make you connect with them on an emotional level. The performance of each of the actors adds up to the suspense level which is the right ingredient for any suspense drama series.

Direction: Mayank Sharma has done a commendable job picking the correct elements in the series, be it locations, props, or execution of the entire series. The series feels realistic and not over the top Bollywood gimmick.

Background score: The background score and sound effects clearly give a feel of suspense and would make your heart racing when suspense is revealed. The music remains with you even after the end and would make you think after each of the episodes.

Screenplay and Dialogue: The dialogues are effective and many of them are referenced to mythology and psychology. The screenplay keeps you captivated with sufficient cliffhangers and the dialogues of each of the characters were not exaggerated and totally blended with a person leading normal lives.

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Anjali Agarwal
Anjali Agarwal
Anjali Agarwal is an Electrical Engineer, graduated from the Indian Insitute of Technology Palakkad. In her leisure time, she likes to watch films but more precisely writes her thoughts about it thus influencing others to watch more Good Content.

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