The Nikhil Advani-directed film Batla House is based on the controversial Batla House encounter. On September 19, 2008, a team of Special Cell of Delhi Police reached L-18 in Batla House area of Delhi after getting the Information that five Indian Mujahideen terrorists are hiding in the flat on the first floor. A police inspector was injured in bullets fired from both sides, who died during the treatment. Two terrorists were killed in that incident. The police arrested the other two and one escaped.
At that time, some politicians created controversy by calling the encounter fake. There were demonstrations against the encounter. In the film ‘Batla House’ inspired by this development, the effort to bring the students and the sides of Delhi Police face to face is commendable. The encounter was led by DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav. His role is played by John Abraham.
However, the names of the characters in the film have been changed. John’s character is named Sanjay Kumar. The film also depicts the upheaval in Sanjay Kumar’s personal life along with the difficulties of his professional life. After the encounter, the depiction of their mood shocks due to government pressure, resentment of the people and negative media reports. The duo of writer Ritesh Shah and Nikhil Advani had earlier delivered the spy thriller ‘D Day’. At the Batla House, the pair have argued rationally on both sides. There has been an attempt to bring out the mentality of terrorists as well.
Nikhil -Ritesh Nelaya have successfully maintained thrills throughout the film. ‘Cinematographer Soumik Mukherjee has put the action scenes on the silver screen properly. In Batla House too, John has lived well with the character of Sanjay Kumar. Mrinal Thakur has done justice to her brief role. Manish Chaudhary’s style in the role of John’s boss impresses. Ravi Kishan has performed brilliantly in the brief role. Nora Fatehi has already won accolades in the remake of the song ‘Saki Saki’ . Rajesh Sharma has become a bit dramatic in the role of a defense lawyer. The film portrays the situation of the policemen doing the right encounter which often goes unnoticed.
Overall I ll rate it 4 out of 5 stars.