The release date for Breathe: Into the Shadows was July 10, 2020 and the show is trending for several reasons. It has been appreciated as well as criticised by the audience. However, the Amazon Prime Original has a lot to be liked. It is 12 episodes long which has been quite a drawback. Nevertheless, this cannot be the criteria to judge any series. We will get into the mechanism of it and tell you what are the things you may have missed.
The cast has been different from the first season, Breathe. The only cast member who has returned this season is Amit Sadh, as Kabir Sawant. Breathe: Into the Shadows is the digital debut of Abhishek Bachchan which was quite interesting to see. Nithya Menen as Abha Sabharwal and Ivana Kaur as Siya have done a splendid job. Other cast members include,
- Shruti Bapna as Natasha Garewal
- Plabita Borthakur as Meghna Verma
- Saiyami Kher as Shirley
- Hrishikesh Joshi as Prakash Kamble
What is it all about? (Spoilers ahead)
Breathe: Into the Shadows is an amalgamation of thrill, drama and crime. Like the first season, Breathe, this season also has a murder plot. There is no continuation of the first season, and hence it can be watched as a standalone series.
Abhishek Bachchan plays the role of a psychiatrist, Dr. Avinash Sabharwal whose 6-year-old daughter, Siya gets kidnapped. The entire plot revolves around how the two, Avinash and Abha, his wife, deal with the situation. Further moving on, the kidnapper calls Avinash and demands for an absurd ransom, that too after nine months. Who is the kidnapper? Why did he call after nine months? What ransom did he demand?
The 12, 45 minutes long episodes unfold the answers to all these questions. Psychology has a significant role to play. Later in the episodes it is revealed that the alter ego of Avinash is the kidnapper. Abhishek Bachchan’s character suffers with Dissociative Identity Disorder. He demands various people to be killed as ransom. The people who have hurt him as a child and have made him suffer are demanded to be murdered. Later, his alter ego is identified and he is sent to the mental hospital. However, in the climax we discover that his alter ego, Mr. J, has completely taken over him.
Getting into the math of it, the brutality with which people have been murdered is quite a piece of work. Every murder follows one of the ten negative genres associated with the ten heads of Ravana. Anger, fear, lust, delusion, betrayal, ego, attachment, insensitivity, pride and selfishness. The makers have attempted to merge mythology with the murder plot which is worth appreciating.