Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nikhil Advani|
|Written by||Ritesh Shah|
John Stewart Eduri
|Edited by||Maahir Zaveri|
|Distributed by||Panorama Studios |
Anand Pandit motion pictures
|Box office||est. ₹113.33 crore |
Batla House is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Nikkhil Advani. Inspired by the Batla House encounter case that took place in 2008, the film stars John Abraham. His character Sanjay Kumar is inspired by Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, the police officer who played a crucial role in the encounter. The film showcases the encounter and in its aftermath, Sanjay Kumar's struggle to catch the fugitives and prove the encounter wasn't a fake one, while dealing with nationwide hatred and posttraumatic stress disorder.
ACP Sanjay Kumar (John Abraham) informed is that his team has cornered 5 university students in L-18, Batla House, who might have been involved in the 2008 serial bombings, the responsibility for which was claimed by the terrorist organisation "Indian Mujahideen" (IM). Sanjay orders not to engage until he arrives, but a restless K.K. (Ravi Kishan) proceeds with some officers. Sanjay arrives and upon hearing the gunshots, decides to engage. The building is cleared, and K.K. is found shot down. Sanjay enters the room and there's more shooting, as a result of which 2 students end up dead, 2 escape and 1 is arrested alive. Sanjay now starts facing the heat from media and politicians who start billing the encounter as a fake one. They're joined by the whole nation in condemning the Delhi Police and everyone starts demanding justice for the students who were supposedly killed to account for the bombings. Sanjay's wife Nandita (Mrunal Thakur), a news anchor, is however unwilling to accept this and decides to stay with Sanjay, who soon becomes diagnosed with Posttraumatic stress disorder, frequently hallucinating about getting shot by the terrorists. Nandita somehow stops him whenever he becomes suicidal.
Sanjay now starts looking for the 2 terrorists that escaped, and finds one of them to hiding in Nizampur. Sanjay is informed by his senior that he would be awarded for the encounter and that he must celebrate. Realizing he's not been told where to celebrate, he heads to Nizampur where he manages to find Dilshad, one of the fugitives. Everyone tries to stop Sanjay, who chases, beats up and almost arrests Dilshad, only to be cornered by the politicians and public who let him escape but without Dilshad. After being awarded the President Medal, Sanjay begins his hunt again and this time, through Dilshad's girlfriend Huma (Nora Fatehi), tricks him into coming to Nepal. He teams up with his officers once again, and sends a van to pick up Dilshad, as a part of his plan. The latter, however, sends someone else to check for anything suspicious. Sanjay runs to stop his officers from engaging upon realizing Dilshad's not in the van and lets it flee. Learning of nothing suspicious, Dilshad informs the van driver he'd depart the next day, and upon landing in Nepal, is stopped, thrashed and arrested by Sanjay and his team.
The court proceedings begin, where the opposing lawyer (Rajesh Sharma) brings up arguments to counter Sanjay's truth and creates a fake encounter story, as per which K.K. and his men brought the students in L18, tortured and decided to kill them when they were ordered not to do so, following which K.K. was shot by one of his officers. Sanjay, however, brings out the truth that actually his officers had been closely watching the students and realized they belonged to the Indian Mujahideen. The real shootout then plays out, showcasing K.K. and his team engaging when the students fire, and the very fact that K.K. died gives Sanjay's argument a strong support when he tells everyone that no officer has ever died in a fake encounter. His arguments convince the court to sentence the 2 terrorists to life imprisonment, while the last one somehow escapes the country.
While sections of the media still oppose the ruling and believe the police to be culprits, a video clip that surfaced in 2016 featured a confession from the terrorist who had escaped the encounter, about he managed to do so and later join the ISIS, further confirming the credibility of the encounter.
- John Abraham as ACP Sanjay Kumar
- Mrunal Thakur as Nandita Kumar
- Ravi Kishan as Inspector KK Verma
- Manish Chaudhary as Police Commissioner Jaivir
- Rajesh Sharma as Defense Lawyer
- Sonam Arora as Shweta Verma
- Sahidur Rahman as Dilshad Ahmed
- Kranti Prakash Jha as Adil Ameen
- Alok Pandey as Tufail
- Faizan Khan as Javed
- Niranjan Jadhao as Sadiq
- Chirag Katrecha as Zia
- Yatharth Kansal as Arif
- Utkarsh Rai as Judge
- Nora Fatehi as Humma (special appearance in song "O Saki Saki")
In May 2018, Nikkhil Advani announced the film with John Abraham, to be based on Operation Batla House of 2008. The film was to be shot in Delhi, Lucknow, Mussoorie, Mumbai, Jaipur and Nepal starting in September 2018 in span of 50 days. Ravi Kishan and Nora Fatehi joined the cast of Batla House in November 2018. The film was wrapped in the second week of February in 2019.
Marketing and release
The makers of Batla House released the trailer of the film on 10 July 2019. The trailer was launched at an event that was organised in Mumbai with the presence of the star cast of the film, John Abraham and Mrunal Thakur along with Nora Fatehi and the director of the film, Nikkhil Advani.
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|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The songs are composed by Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi, Ankit Tiwari and Stereo Nation. Lyrics written by Kumaar, Tanishk Bagchi, Gautam Sharma, Gurpreet Saini, Prince Dubey and Stereo Nation. The first song "O Saki Saki" is a remake of the song "Saaki Saaki" from the film Musafir. The song "O Saki Saki" was launched on 15 July 2019.
|1.||"O Saki Saki"||Tanishk Bagchi||Tanishk Bagchi||Neha Kakkar, Tulsi Kumar, B Praak||3:11|
|2.||"Rula Diya"||Prince Dubey||Ankit Tiwari||Ankit Tiwari, Dhvani Bhanushali||4:39|
|3.||"Jaako Rakhe"||Gautam G Sharma, Gurpreet Saini||Rochak Kohli||Rochak Kohli, Navraj Hans||4:07|
The film received mixed reviews from critics. Bollywood Hungama gave the film 4.5 stars out of 5 and called it "one of the finest films of the year" while praising the performances of John Abraham and Ravi Kishan, the action sequences and the screenplay. The Times of India gave it 3.5 stars out of 5 and felt that Abraham delivered "the best of his career" performance, while also praising the action sequences but criticizing the pacing of the second half. Prasanna D Zore writing for Rediff.com gave it 2 stars out of 5 and noted that only second half had gripping moments.
Batla House earned a decent ₹14.5 crore nett in India on its opening day. It dropped 50 percent to earn ₹7.5 crore nett on the second day. On Saturday, the third day, the film's business grew by 30 percent to ₹9.5 crore nett, for a three-day total of ₹31.5 crore nett.
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