Breathe: Into The Shadows Review: Abhishek Bachchan fails to make an impact despite a class-apart story
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Two super cops of Mumbai Crime Branch, a Sawant and his complementary subordinate Kamble decide to make a ‘fresh start’ by taking a voluntary transfer to a Delhi filled with Sabharwals of the world unique to the National Capital. What was conceived to follow appears to be an incredibly scripted chase with an edge-of-the-seat conceptual breathers embedded with psychological thriller standpoints led by Inspector Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh), Dr Avinash Sabharwal (Abhishek Bachchan) and Abha Sabharwal (Nithya Menen).
However, there are many goof-ups in the story which makes the concept to go off the track, in what could have been a remarkable OTT watch with a superb audience gratification.
The story is based on the six-year-old daughter of Sabharwal’s, a ‘juvenile diabetic’ requiring four insulin shots everyday to sustain herself, who goes missing from a birthday party in Chhattarpur because of the supposed carelessness of the high-end Psychiatrist Dr. Avinash Sabharwal (Bachchan), who was completing some work in a ‘paas wala café’ (located in Connaught Place).
For starters, Chhattarpur and Connaught Place are located 13 metro stations apart. The kidnapper contacts the Sabharwal’s after nine months since Siya had gone missing, and what follows is a classic blackmailer-weaving to kill off certain targets to not make a point for survival of somebody like the previous season, but making a case for societal conscience driven by childhood scars oiling a rare mental condition.
The story keeps up the trend of Indian OTT creations contexualising the events with some sharp eccentricity of Classic Mythology as the root stimulation of what actually goes on in the frames. The sharp twists and turns have their own share of excellent writing despite multiple moments of a jittery Abhishek Bachchan brawling with the characters to come off alive on the screen.
Both Nithya Menen and Amit Sadh (as Abha Sabharwal and Inspector Kabir Sawant respectively) drive off most centrally vital scenes with a rare ease while managing to complement the Writing Highs of the story with an excellent execution.
Plabita Borthakur (as Meghna Verma), who becomes Inspector Sawant’s love interest is a pragmatically warm and yet enormously chirpy breathe of the air in a chaos-filled world created by Mayank Sharma. Saiyami Kher (as Shirley) too adorns the conceptual foregrounding, and deserves applause for doing what she does as an actor in this OTT creation.
Everyone but Abhishek struggles to hold the screen in the initial few episodes despite being the centrally important character, though his acting graph improves gradually as more layers of the story come to the fore. First shots with Abhishek at their center, appears to have been rolled without extensive rehearses, and for an audience which is now used to watching diligently awe-inspiring OTT performances, it shows on the screen.
However, episode after episode, Abhishek improves, and by the point of penultimate climactic theming, he gets on to dispense a workable performance. However, in the world of Saif-Nawazuddin’s ‘Sacred Games’ and Jaideep Ahlawat’s ‘Paatal Lok’, Abhishek in ‘Breathe: Into The Shadows’ could not manage to set a standard.
‘Breathe: Into The Shadows’ got released on Amazon Prime Video on 10th July 2020.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta