Breathe: Into the Shadows Review: Fails To Match The Prequel
Breathe: Into the Shadows Review: Fails To Match The Prequel

Breathe: Into the Shadows review: Does Abhishek Bachchan manages to make a good digital debut? Its resemblance to Asur and United States of Tara.

Amazon Prime is the leading OTT platform in India. Every year the digital giant comes up with big original shows. After dropping successful series this year like Paatal Lok, Four More Shots Please, The Forgotten Army, Prime has finally released Breathe: Into the Shadows, which is the sequel to a psychological thriller Breathe which released in 2018. Premiered on 10 July, Breathe: Into The Shadows is getting mixed reviews. The show has a resemblance to some other web series. Let’s have a detailed look.

Breathe: Into the Shadows: Plot

The story centres around Dr. Avinash Sabarwal (Abhishek Bacchan) a psychiatrist by profession. His six-year-old daughter Siya Sabharwal gets kidnapped from her friend’s birthday party. Avinash along with his wife Abha Sabharwal (Nithya Menen) tries to find their daughter with the help of Delhi Police. A medicinal student (named Gayatri) was also kidnapped a few days before Siya was kidnapped.

Breathe: Into the Shadows: Storyline

Nine months pass and Avinash didn’t receive any ransom call from the kidnapper. Suddenly one day he receives a box with an iPad in it. It had a video clip of Siya and Gayatri. Avinash finds a link as Siya was suffering from diabetics the kidnapper kidnapped Gayatri so she could help Siya with her Insulins. The kidnapper asks Avinash to kill random people but every time the reason for death should be an emotion. Avinash finds that all this emotion has a link to Ravan’s 10 heads. He thinks in order to save Siya he will have to kill 10 different people.

Meanwhile, Inspector Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) gets released from jail. He and his subinspector took a transfer to Delhi and Kabir is now the investigating officer of this case. During the investigation, we are taken to Avinash’s childhood story, his parents died in a bus accident. He was admitted to a boarding school in Nainital. Looking at his traumatic past his principal took his responsibility.

The whole kidnapping chapter is related to Avinash’s past. However, the big problem here is that the suspense is revealed very early.

Technical aspects

The screenplay is amazing, though it went off-topic sometimes but it brings a sense of authenticity. The casting has been done with great precision. The writing, adaptation and direction are the strongest aspects of the series. The music production team did a great job in intro music. There was nothing to complain about the cinematography team as well.


Though Season 2 is nowhere related to the first, it is a delight to watch Amit Sadh back in his role. He is the show stealer and we can’t deny it. He brought a different authenticity to his character, no one else could have played this character better than him. Abhishek Bacchan, being his digital debut did complete justice to his role, he with his acting was a spot on. Watching Nithya Menen in Abha’s role was amazing. Ivana’s cuteness is unmatched. The supporting cast Resham Shrivardhan, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shrikant Verma, Plabita Borthakur, and Siyami Kher did a very good job. Watching Hrishikesh Joshi back in his role with his sense of humour is delightful.

Reasons To Watch

  1. Detailing, screenplay and direction.
  2. Strong performances by the star cast with Amit Sadh stealing the show.
  3. An unpredictable thriller.

Reasons To Miss

  1.  The suspense was revealed in the mid episodes itself.
  2.  Episode length: The series has 12 episodes and each episode having an average run time to near about 45 min. So, binge-watching it in one run is not a good idea.

Breathe: Into the Shadows review: Verdict

Considering all the aspects of this series, both good and bad, we would rate Breathe: Into The Shadows 3.5/5. If you love thriller series, you should definitely watch this one. All the characters did justice to their characters and we can’t complain about it.

You can watch Breathe: Into the Shadows here: Breathe- Into the Shadows

In case you haven’t watched Breathe you can watch it here: Breathe

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