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Review- BatlaHouse – John Abraham impresses in his avatar of ACP Sanjay Kumar Yadav

Cast: John Abraham, Nora Fatehi, Mrunal Thakur

Director: Nikhil Advani


John Abraham started as the evergreen macho man in the Hindi Film Industry but his image has gradually progressed and changed and his choices of films play a big part in the process. Batla House is one such film.

The film revolves around the real Batla House encounter that happened in September, 2008 at L 18 house in Delhi and shook the Delhi Police Force. The movie begins with a very important shot where John Abraham who plays ACP Sanjay Yadav is seen totally aghast as his wife is going to be leave him and leave the house because Nandita (Mrunal Thakur) has had enough of Sanjay’s duty responsibilities who hardly gets any time for his family. What follows is a thrilling scene where the encounter begins between Delhi Police and members of the Indian Mujahideen and it leads to the sad demise of one of their officers played by Ravi Kisshan.

Although they catch hold of most of the terrorists, two seem to run away which creates several questions from the media and the public regarding the encounter being a fake one. This follows up with several ups and downs and ACP Sanjay’s struggle to deal with the court and law. He finds it hard to prove that he is actually right and it was a genuine encounter case that happened. In the process, he does everything even if it meaning going against the law to protect the law. Eventually his wife realizes the fact that it is now when Sanjay needs her the most as he goes through ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’ after the encounter. The climax unfolds into how finally the Delhi Special Cell is able to prove that they were actually right and the guys who were killed were not just normal students from Okhla University but dreaded terrorists from the Indian Mujahideen.

CineSpeaks Verdict: The narrative and the story telling is fantastic and Director Nikkhil Advani manages to catch the true essence of the film and Sanjay Kumar’s journey regarding the whole controversy. The performances from John Abraham and Mrunal Thakur is fantastic and it is genuinely definitely looking to be a rollercoaster ride for Mrunal at the movies. The climax and the screenplay hold a lot of relevance but it is the message that makes the loudest noise. The fact that there are certain Police officers for whom nothing is above the country is definitely a hit point this Independence Day. So guys, go out there and watch Batla House. It will surely impress you as it takes you through the journey of an extremely brave police officer.

3/5 stars.

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