Breathe: Into the Shadows S2
Breathe Into the Shadows season 2 comes back with Avinash and his psychosis, along with a mother’s determination to protect her child and family. If you thought the first season was a bit on the nose, wait till you start watching the second season!
The previous season of Breathe walked a very shaky path. It aspired to be a metaphorical tale of a man being taken over by a violent alter ego seeking his revenge. It spoke about Raavan and the idea of killing his 10 heads which symbolise one evil each. On paper, it all seemed like a full proof idea, but the execution turned out to be so above the surface that the metaphor didn’t even land well, forget dig deeper.
So now season 2, again led by Mayank Sharma (story, screenplay, direction) alongside Arshad Syed, Vikram Tuli, Priya Saggi, and team minus the prolific writer Bhavani Iyer this time have the task to take that very shaky base and built a castle that should stand strong even with the tremors. While they don’t succeed to a point one can say that the show has arrived, one cannot really negate the good too.
The show pretty much retains the old characters barring the amazing Naveen Kasturia. The actor gets the best storyline this season. Team Breathe manages to create ultimate drama considering the mystery around him and also succeed in making it all look convincing. There is no denial that there is unbelievable drama around his past but it isn’t as bothering as the rest, so it all works in the favour of just Kasturia.
To the profit of the show, the makers this time around make things crisper and do not really overstuff almost everything like the last time. But that doesn’t mean there is no excess of it.