Starring Cast: John Abraham, Nora Fatehi, Mrunal Thakur, Anil George, Ravi Kishan
Director: Nikkhil Advani
Writer: Ritesh Shah
Duration: 2 hours 26 minutes
Storyline: This film is based on the real-life incident of ‘Batla House Encounter’, officially known as Operation Batla House, to the silver screen. The event took place on September 19, 2008, against Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists in Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, Delhi.
Batla House Review
ACP Sanjay Kumar goes under intense scrutiny after his team conducts an operation killing two alleged IM operatives and arresting one at Batla House in Delhi. And there are two more who managed to escape and are on the run. While the media, activists and politicians allege it’s a fake encounter, will he be able to prove otherwise?
On 13th September 2008, serial blasts shook the city of Delhi killing 26 people and injuring over 100. A week later, on the morning of 19th September 2008, a narrow bylane in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, was rattled by the sounds of gunfire exchanges. Officially known as Operation Batla House, this was Delhi Police Special Cell’s shoot out with the alleged terrorists responsible for the Delhi blasts holed up in a flat, in the now-infamous Batla House. This is perhaps one of the most controversial chapters of the Delhi Police as several questions were raised on the arrests and killings, including that of martyred encounter specialist and Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma. The operation was spearheaded by then ACP and now DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav.
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But there is no doubt this is John Abraham’s film all the way, he is well cast in the role of a committed ACP, who is a man of few words, and arguably gives his career’s best so far. Even his strained relationship with his wife Nandita (Mrunal Thakur) and his internal angst are etched out expertly. It’s an all-consuming role and John Abraham nails the body language and the intensity. Ravi Kishan as Inspector Kishan Kumar Verma and Mrunal Thakur are well cast Rajesh Sharma though as the defence lawyer (in a wig that is an eyesore), comes across as overdramatic.
Despite some of the flaws, ‘Batla House’ makes for a gripping, intense watch.