Breathe: Into the Shadows
Director: Mayank Sharma
Genre: Thriller. Drama
Releasing Date: 10th July 2020
Streaming On: Amazon Prime
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Nithya Menen, Ivana Kaur, Saiyami Kher, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shrikant Verma, Plabita Borthakur, Resham Shrivardhan, Shradha Kaul
Plot: Dr. Avinash (Abhishek Bachchan) a criminal psychiatrist and his wife (Nithya Menen) a chef's world turns upside down after their 6-year old daughter Siya Sabharwal (Ivana Kaur) gets kidnapped. And the police aren't able to do anything.
After a few months, when the couple has almost given up all hope, they get a mysterious package from a mysterious masked man, that gives them proof of Sia’s life and demands Dr. Avinash an unusual ransom - to carry out a bunch of murders strictly as per his stipulated norms, to see their daughter alive.
Since, a few months have passed and the police aren't able to do anything, will Dr. Avinash go through the plan forms the crux of the story.
Review: Breathe: Into the Shadow - the latest Amazon Prime show is a psychological crime thriller, created and directed by Mayank Sharma and produced by Abundantia Entertainment. It marks the digital debut of Abhishek Bachchan along with South star Nithya Menen.
The 12-episode series highlights a very popular saying about three faces - The first face that you show to the world, the second face that you show to your close friends and your family and the third face that you never show anyone. So in a way the web series echoes the good, bad and evil within human nature - on different people under different circumstances and is bang on target.
The director, Mayank Sharma has done an adept job of keeping things engaging throughout though there are too many scenes that lag and add little value to the eventual impact of an episode.
When it comes to performances, Abhishek Bachchan is really good. He is shown mostly composed and subdued throughout, as his character should be. Even Nithya Menen adds tremendous emotional value. While Ivana Kaur as Siya Sabharwal is cuteness redefined.
Also, Amit Sadh, Saiyami Kher, Hrishikesh Joshi, Shrikant Verma, Plabita Borthakur, Resham Shrivardhan, Shradha Kaul make their presence felt as they get into their character’s skin with ease.
As far as the technical aspect is concerned, the screenplay keeps you relatively engaged. S. Bharathwaaj's cinematography is exceptional. He captures the right amount of dark tones and adds just the perfect gloomy tinge to the overall milieu.
Music by Alokananda Dasgupta and Karan Kulkarni’s again does the required trick and it stays with you till the episodes end and the end-credits roll.
Overall, ‘Breathe: Into the Shadows’ brings along some genuinely suspenseful moments that hold it together to make for a decently engaging watch and will haunt and stay with you long after the credits roll.