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Abhishek Bachchan: If the script is good, half your work is done

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While working with the creator for four years to establish his two roles, Abhishek praises Breathe’s writers for their hard work.

The majority of performers will tell you that weeks of rigorous character preparation come before coming to the set on the first day of a shoot. As he played the same part in the most recent season of Breathe: Into The Shadows, Abhishek Bachchan has his work cut out for him on that front. In the most recent episode, it was revealed that J is Avinash’s cruel alter ego, who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is played by Amitabh Bachchan.

It must have been difficult to walk the thin line separating the two opposing figures. Knowing the parts inside and out was crucial for the actor. “One of the building blocks of acting is preparation.” “Over the previous four years, Mayank Sharma [the creator-director] and I put a lot of effort into Avinash and J,” he says. When crafting a psychological thriller, strong writing is very important. The actor, who appears with Amit Sadh, Nithya Menen, and Saiyami Kher in the Amazon Prime Video release, claims the writing served as a “great crutch.” “Half your labour is finished if the writing is decent.” We actors were fortunate to work with a fantastic team of authors under Mayank’s direction. They carried out the labor-intensive work for us. Each character is diverse and sophisticated in their own unique ways. Every actor searches for complex roles like these. No actor I am aware of would turn down such a chance.

The psychological thriller covers two themes: the extent a dad will go to save his child and morality, whether in the R Madhavan-led Breathe (2018) or the two seasons of Bachchan’s Breathe: Into The Shadows. According to Bachchan, a thriller is captivating because of its underlying emotions. “For me, the most crucial factor in most movies or series is whether they have a strong emotional core.” Your audience will become emotionally invested in [the story and characters] if the emotional core is present. Through psychological thrillers, viewers love living vicariously through the characters’ complex thoughts. The actor seems unaffected by the series’ polarising reception. Since it’s the second season, we need to turn up the intensity. That’s what we tried this time.

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