Breathe Into The Shadows Cast
There are thousands of web series that are releasing on the various OTT platforms. But there are only a few that are globally acknowledged either because of their cast, acting or storyline. Among the top listed web series, we have ‘Breathe into the shadows’ that recently caught quite the eye of the users all around the world.
Director: Mayank Sharma
Writers: Bhavani Iyer, Vikram Tuli, Mayank Sharma
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen, Amit Sadh
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
To understand how bad, breathe: into the shadows is, it is highly important to understand how morbidly effective Breath was. The first season starred R. Madhavan as a football coach who begins to murder organ donors so that his terminally ill son is bumped up the recipient list. The series also starred Amit Sadh as a haunted Mumbai cop, who after the death of his daughter, decides to track down this mysterious ‘Serial Killer’.
The twisted premise worked because of Madhavan’s character turns the series into a morality thriller. Firstly, he doesn’t kill the donors directly. But comes up with the creative ways to make their deaths look like accidents or suicides. His inner conflict feels real, and this in turn feeds the ambiguity of whether this is a supervillain origin story or a tragic family drama.
Breathe Into The Shadows Storyline
A thematic sequel that retains the brooding crime branch inspector tracking a new desperate parent in Delhi. It refuses to retain any other merit of the 2018 series. The second series involves a replacement of the nuanced greys with the black and whites almost feels deliberate so that actors aren’t burdened with complex scenes over 12 long episodes.
For instance, this time the father (Abhishek Bachchan, as Avinash) is a high-profile psychiatrist who doesn’t kill by choice. Their six-year-old daughter is abducted by a masked man with a limp, and it’s this kidnapper who demands from Avi to murder certain people according to the ten negative emotions represented by the Raavan’s ten heads.
Why it is important? It is because what makes a serious Indian web series without a mythological hangover?
Avinash isn’t a single parent, his wife (Nithya Menen, as Abha) acts as an accomplice.
As a result, the murders, which exploit the victim’s anger, lust, fear, attachment, and so on.
Avi films a lesbian that is seduced by Abha and sends the explicit clips from an anonymous number to national news channel.
If the kidnapper believes in mobile phones, this could have been a private exchange of favors instead of a public spectacle, this alerts the Crime branch and marks the entry of the inspector.
The couple receives their tasks of a specially delivered iPad, this convenient aversion to mobile technology here makes little sense.
Now moving to the second part, the victims are not innocent. Tawdry flashbacks soon reveal that each of them has made a mistake in the past, which makes the motive personal. It caters to India’s inherently belief that revenge is justice.
It takes away the plot of any opportunity to challenge the viewer’s moral core. Thirdly, the writers somehow amplify the few flaws of the first by doubling down on the tangents and supporting characters.
Inspector Kabir has not one but two unnecessary sub-inspectors, so that their banter (‘Why did Kabir do that, what are you thinking’) can keep up the viewers up to speed about the case. Then there is an annoyingly optimistic wheelchair-laden girl (Plabita Borthakur) who serves as Kabir’s distraction in Delhi, and whose brief seems to be.
There is an inconsequential female inspector (Shradha Kaul) who only exists to sit in her boss’s office, Judge Kabir with her eyes and handle media briefings. Last but not the least, there is a sex worker that the series only remembers to utilize in the previous few episodes.
Till then, she struts around in leather jackets like a lost dominatrix.
There is a boring but a grand twist in the series that turns it to a long narrative movie. The twist reveals the identity of the kidnapper, and the next seven episodes are on ridiculous expository techniques and DD-style backstories to justify the twist and feature a dominant cat-mouse chasing between inspector Kabir and the masked man.
The revelation is trivial considering both the psychological and narrative level, that one cannot help but wonder if the makers just stopped trusting their performers midway and instead altered the script to manipulate the myths of mental illness.
In the storyline, it can be briefed as a sumptuous condition is customized, and its rules are handpicked, to suit the suspense of the script.
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A better director might have committed to the twist, but everything seventh episode becomes a copout. It is reduced to damage control & the audience starts to hear elaborate mental voiceovers to move the story forward. The camera angles magically start framing him differently when his mask is off & the body language becomes more pronounced.
Abhishek Bachchan is chosen cast as Avi because of a kind face, a gentle voice that has the powers of a psychiatrist who plays mind games. Nithya Menen and Amit Sadh have fascinating screen presence, but a twist in the series much defines the mediocrity of the series.
To be honest, in the review, I claim this series as a woefully written thriller with zero imagination.
The post throws an honest review of the recently acknowledged web series “breathe into the shadows“. The cast selection and the storyline are done perfectly and relate to a new world that is all seen by the audience. A mediocre story that might or not suits the needs of the viewers. We have already seen some of its similar in other web series. It brings a flimsy escape attempt to remind the audience of what is at stake.
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