Breathe: Into the Shadows Season 2 Review: Naveen Kasturia steals the show with a top-notch performance

Creator & Director: Mayank Sharma

Breathe: Into the Shadows Season 2 (2022) Cast:

Abhishek Bachchan, Nithya Menen, Naveen Kasturia, Amit Sadh, Saiyami Kher, Rahila Kaul, Hrishikesh Joshi, Srikant Verma, Zakir Hussain, Ivana Kaur

Release Date:

Breathe: Into the Shadows Season 2 comprising 8 episodes was released on Amazon Prime Video on 9th November 2022.

Breathe: Into the Shadows Season 2 (2022) Review: Story

Breathe: Into the Shadows season 1 ended with a mystery about C-16 which has been revealed in the latter episode of season 2. In the beginning, we saw doctors of the mental asylum praising Avinash Sabharwal’s (Abhishek Bachchan) progress as he has been able to control his alternative personality J who was termed as Raavan killer earlier.

Avinash’s wife Abha Sabharwal (Nithya Menen) and their daughter Siya (Ivana Kaur) came to the mental asylum for celebrating Avinash’s birthday but there they realized J’s presence in Avinash.

Victor (Naveen Kasturia) who was in the same mental asylum as Avinash is now out and wants to enjoy the game of killing. He kidnaps Avinash to tell him how far he can go if he doesn’t follow his orders of killing people.

Inspector Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) has been appointed again to stop J from achieving his mission. Will Kabir be able to stop J? Will J be able to escape the police & save his family from Victor? The series answers these questions with a gripping narrative.

Performances & Analysis

Abhishek Bachchan once again impresses the audience with an outstanding performance. In season 2 his alternative personality J got the maximum screen time and Avinash was visible only in a few scenes. It was really good watching him in J’s avatar.

In season 2 Naveen Kasturia steals the show with a top-notch performance. He lived the character Victor who supports J completing his mission, enjoys the game & even risked his own life to make the mission successful.

Amit Sadh has done a good job here but his character did not look as powerful as it was in season 1 due to the poor writing. The characters of Hrishikesh Joshi and Srikant Verma also did not receive much focus.

Nithya Menen as Abha Sabharwal did a fantastic job but I felt her character deserved a bit more focus.  Saiyami Kher got a better screen time in season 2 and she looks good as Shirley. Himika Bose as Rahila Kaul and Ivana Kaur as Siya supported well with their respective characters.

Creator & Director Mayank Sharma gave sufficient focus on a few episodes which will keep you hooked to your seats but the execution of a few episodes looked very average and this is where he and writers Vikram Tuli, Arshad Syed, Priya Saggi, and Abhijeet Deshpande should have been more focused.

Karan Kulkarni’s music looks okay in parts. Cinematography by S Bharatwaj and editing by Prathamesh Chande were other positive areas of season 2.

A brief comparison between Breathe: Into the Shadows Season 1 & Season 2

Season 1 comprised 12 episodes & was a bit lengthier but season 2 comprises 8 episodes looks okay length-wise. In season 1 the switching of Abhishek Bachchan from Avinash to J was quite visible and meaningful but in a few scenes of season 2, you will fail to understand whether it is Avinash or J killing the people. The writing and screenplay were far better in season 1 than in season 2. Amit Sadh’s character was very interesting in season 1 but season 2 was more focused on Abhishek Bachchan’s J. So we can say Season 1 was better in many aspects than season 2.


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