Breathe: Into The Shadows 2 REVIEW: Abhishek Bachchan delivers a ‘killer’ performance, Naveen Kasturia shines in this overstretched drama

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Web series: Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 2

Director: Mayank Sharma

Star cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Nithya Menen, Saiyami Kher, Naveen Kasturia

Bollywood Bubble ratings: 3/5 stars

Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 2 Review:

Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 2 is here and this one gets darker and deeper. Just to give a recap of what happened in Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 1, Dr Avinash Sabharwal goes on a mission to find his daughter and does a series of murders to find clues about his daughter. During the course, he later comes to know about his split personality, thus, ending up in an asylum. Talking about Breathe season 2, the story picks up exactly where it was left in the first part. However, the mystery goes deeper and shadows get darker this time when he unleashes himself to fulfil the targets.

Speaking about Breathe season 2 in this review, I would say it is a little dragged and unnecessarily overstretched with absolutely absurd scenarios adding up in the story. Quite a few scenes don’t seem to add well as they don’t contribute anything significant to the series. What I like about the series is the reference to Raavan’s concept in the modern day which is quite fascinating. This time around, the ideas and concepts were well executed and explained in detail, thus making an interesting watch.

What I didn’t like is that the show is a bit overstretched which I have mentioned it before. The other thing which is quite absurd is to see the leniency in the laws. I mean a killer is on loose and somehow it seems like the officials are treating it quite leniently.

Story:

J is back again to finish his unfinished business but this time round, he is not Alone in his killer game as he has a new partner-in-crime, Victor. His existence and ideology re-emerge as he sets out to finish what he started, leading Avinash to confront his merging dual identity. Kabir Sawant must now fight the battle as he protects the society that has become a victim in the endgame of this crazed saga. But will Avinash win? Or will J succeed in killing his targets?

 

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Star performances:

I think all the trolls and naysayers can rest now because Abhishek Bachchan‘s performance in the series has all the potential to shut them up. He once again impresses me with his performance and I swear I need to see him more onscreen. I was quite influenced by his performance in the first part and well, he doesn’t disappoint me in the second season. Given the fact, Breathe season 1 was more of Avinash, this time, it is more of J, the switch between Avinash and J is swift and pretty astounding. I even liked the slight grey touch to his look, maintaining the timeline of the story. Abhishek Bachchan gives a new arch to his character and I can see no actor playing this character with utmost dedication. He brings out the innocence and sinful with ease and that is enough to convince you. He delivers a killer and powerful performance in the second part.

This time, leaving his terrorising past behind, Amit Sadh who plays police officer Kabir Sawant comes back to the ‘Raavan case’. Now that he knows Avinash’s mental condition, he once tries to put the puzzle pieces together to keep society safe from the killer. Amit’s character is just like those officers who is a terrific and sharp police officer but their method of working is chaotic. Amit is fantastic, I like his brooding and no-nonsense persona.

Unlike the previous season, we get to see more of Nithya Menen and we loved it. I can see growth in her character and that’s what impressed me quite a bit. From being a mellow scared mother who is longing to find her daughter to a fierce wife who is persistent on bringing her husband Avinash back into life. Nithya emotes her emotions quite strongly especially when she had to show her vulnerability side. Nithya as Abha (Avinash’s wife) is awe-inspiring.

Once again, I thought Saiyami Kher‘s character seems irrelevant to me. I don’t know why but Shirley as a character had no place in the story. Speaking about her performance, Saiyami has limited screen time and she delivers well in Breathe season 2.

Naveen Kasturia is a surprise package. I can’t really talk about his character but I can assure you, he will surprise you for sure and if you have seen him from TVF’s Pitchers, Naveen is a shocker. He proved his mettle as an actor and his performance does speak volumes.

Conclusion:

Overall, Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 2 is interesting but it is overstretched and dragged. The 8-episode series could have been a little more cohesive if the unnecessary plots are subtracted. Abhishek, Amit, Nithya and Naveen’s performances get 3 stars; however, the dragged and predictable plot loses its stars.

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