Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Breathe: Into the Shadows


Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Breathe: Into the Shadows

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

For fans of crime shows, especially those involving convoluted investigations that keep the viewers on their toes, Amazon Prime Video’s latest original series, Breathe: Into the Shadows, is a treat to watch.

The story follows Delhi-based psychiatrist Avinash (Abhishek Bachchan), and chef Abha, (Nitya Menen), who are on the lookout for any clues that’ll help them find their daughter, who has been kidnapped. To get the young Siya back, the couple must also deal with a masked maniac, who manipulates them every step along the way.

Apart from that, there’s also a storyline involving inspector Kabir (Amit Sadh) that’ll delight the budding detective in the audience. The inspector has been tasked with piecing together another set of clues in order to solve a series of murders that have a common thread running through them.

In the 12 episodes that follow, the plot takes enough twists and turns to leave the jaws gaping of even the most discerning viewers. But the writers have also been gracious enough to drop a few clues in the process, so we can follow the investigation, and figure out the various characters’ backstories for ourselves.

In case you’re planning to stream Breathe: Into the Shadows, here’s some things you should look out for. If you’re sharp enough, you may be able to crack the case, and the various character’s motivations, alongside the exemplary Inspector Kabir.

A Ballpoint Pen

Breathe: Into the Shadows

Anyone who fancies themselves as a detective, must have a keen eye for detail. Still, spotting an innocuous pen — or lack thereof — in a shaky video takes some Sherlock Holmes levels of observation. In Breathe: Into the Shadows, one ballpoint has the potential to reveal much more than is initially apparent, especially for a police force that has no other clues to fall back on. See if you can spot it before inspector Kabir does.

Lip Gloss

Breathe: Into the Shadows

How often would you notice something as everyday as a character putting on lip gloss, especially when the tension is already at its climax, and there’s at least three stories to keep up with at the time? Going a step further, how long would it take for you to notice and remember the name of that particular brand of gloss? Not too often, we’re guessing. But in the show, this small innocuous nearly leads to a character’s undoing. It’s just the writers, once again reminding you to look out for the not-so-obvious.

The Dialogue

Breathe: Into the Shadows
All through the season, the characters drop subtle clues in the dialogue that hint at a number of following plot twists, as well as give you an idea of what each seemingly random act of violence is building up to. One such moment is when chef Nitya Menen points out to her husband that the kidnapper is manipulating them with “mind-games”.

While it may seem like a throwaway statement, at first, and one to be expected of someone who’s negotiating with a kidnapper, there’s a lot more meaning to that phrase than you’d initially surmise.

A Photograph

Breathe: Into the Shadows

There’s a lot you can tell from a photograph, considering it — as the saying goes — speaks a thousand words. An image that’s flashed on screen, early on in the season, is proof that this statement rings true.

The picture, which shows a young girl with a relative on holiday has the potential of connecting an otherwise random series of murders, as well as revealing key plot points. That is, provided you can see beyond the obvious, of course…

A Limp

Breathe: Into the Shadows

How often do you notice if someone’s limping? Unless it’s someone you see every day chances are things like that don’t usually catch your attention. But it’s one character’s peculiar limp, and the backstory associated with it, that has investigating officers and the audience guessing through the season.

By the end of the show, however — once footprints have been examined at various crime scenes, and an expert doctor weighs in — it soon becomes evident how important minor details like that actually are, especially during a high-profile police investigation.

Of course, when watching the show, there are dozens of other clues that you can pick up on, which will probably help you crack the case even sooner. But if you notice any of these, chances are that there’s an alternate career waiting for you out there. Watch Breathe: Into the Shadows on Amazon Prime Video and find out for yourself.