Breathe: Into The Shadows review

Breathe: Into The Shadows review
Breathe: Into The Shadows review

Review – Breathe: Into The Shadows
Director – Mayank Sharma
Producer – Abundantia Entertainment
Banner – Abundantia Entertainment
Music – Alokanandadas Gupta, Karan Kulakarni
Starring : Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen, Saiyami Kher, Plabita Borthakur Amit Sadh, Shradha Kaul
Release Date: 10th July 2020
Rating 3/5

Breathe: Into The Shadows review: Breathe: Into The Shadows  starring Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen and Amit Sadh is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Story: Avinash Sabharwal (Abhishek Bachchan) a psychiatrist, is living with his wife Abha (Nitya Menen) who is a chef. Avinash and his chef wife, Abha, are parents to a young girl Siya, who is a ‘juvenile diabetic’ in need of regular insulin shots. Abha gets kidnapped and nine months later they are contacted by the kidnapper, via a hilariously cartoonish letter and a free iPad. And on the free iPad, the kidnapper has uploaded a cut montage of Siya. The kidnappers  tell Avinash Sabharwal that in order to rescue the daughter Siya, he must kill random people who are guilty of exhibiting sins such as lust and anger. What happened next? Why does  the kidnapper pick Avinash to do it?

Performance:  Abhishek Bachchan and Nithya Menen are fettered by the material and look as bewildered at the vapid writing. There was an opportunity to explore the childhood trauma and mental health issues here, but it’s unharnessed. There is nothing special about their performances.  Saiyami Kher in the role of a prostitute is good. Shradha Kaul makes her presence felt. Shrikant Verma as Sadh’s assistant  entertains the viewers. Resham Shrivardhan, Shruti Bapna and Nizhalgal Ravi are fine.

Technical: The background music, art direction and cinematography are lost by the writing and editing. A side-plot of two sub-inspectors vying for Kabir’ attention is negated by a pointless sidebar about a recently transferred employee juggling a wife’s nagging with flirtation with an old flame.

Analysis: The  loosely Breathe: Into The Shadows, bouncing in and out of a kidnapping drama, and the creation and search of a psychotic killer, gets mired in its own muddles, and ends up being plain preposterous.