This blog article is a review of the second season of the Abhishek Bachchan and Amit Sadh show, “Breathe Into The Shadows.” The show is about Dr. Avinash Sabharwal (Abhishek Bachchan) and his journey through institutionalization and his future.
The second season of “Breathe Into the Shadows” picks up in 2020, where the first season left off. Dr. Avinash Sabharwal, played by Abhishek Bachchan, is in a facility where he is trying to break free from the grip of J, the most powerful part of his split personality.
Avinash is shown to have schizophrenia, even though he seems like a nice family man who cares about his patient’s mental health. When J takes over, Avinash doesn’t know anything about his murderous actions, which stop only when he goes to jail.
So, here we are in Season 2, and Avinash’s doctors are cautiously happy with his progress, but they can’t say for sure if he is free of J. Which is smart, because our bad friend is just killing people while he waits. The news is going crazy. Has the Ravan killer, whose name comes from the fact that each murder is tied to a head, gotten away? If so, why don’t the police say anything?
The number of people killed in different ways goes up. But it doesn’t make me feel fear or dread in the same way. That’s the biggest problem with this eight-part series, and it was the same problem with the first season. This, and the fact that there are all sorts of unbelievable twists and turns.
This is one. Avinash has to spend the night in the local jail when he stops for the night in Kannauj, UP. Which, for reasons we have never been told, is also used to make “ittar.” Is there really a prison in the town that also makes “ittar”?
With its smelly tools and large water tanks covered in rose petals, it’s a great place for a fight. But we don’t get any connective tissues, so everything is very random. In a similar way, a main female character is seen doing something so horrible that it makes no sense: who cares why, how, or where?
It’s not to say that two plus two should always equal four. But with so much that doesn’t make sense, it’s hard to take this second season, which Mayank Sharma wrote and directed, as seriously as the series does. Abhishek Bachchan looks the same as he did before, stuck between ferocity and frowns. So does Amit Sadh, the conflicted cop who is responsible for an accident that hurts a young woman.
He has control over his quick-to-anger side, but he stays closed off, only breaking into a smile when he’s near the little Sabharwal girl Siya and her dog. Siya spent most of the first season locked up in a dungeon.
Most of the actors play the same roles again (Saiyami Kher, Shrikant Verma, Hrishikesh Joshi), but Naveen Kasturia, who plays a young man dealing with the effects of a bad childhood and who finds a kindred spirit in Avinash, is the one new character who catches our attention.
He seems like a normal guy, but he has a secret, just like the older man. Things are more interesting because of him, but not as much as his character could have been. And you who know the last secret from a mile away. Even though there are some jumps, season 2 of Breathe is still a predictable plod.
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