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'Batla House' review: A gripping watch with some edge-of-the-seat moments

The film is a fictionalised version of the controversial Operation Batla House.

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Aug 19, 2019, 12.23 PM IST
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'Batla Hous​e' ​has the right dose of patriotism without resorting to jingoism.​
'Batla House' has the right dose of patriotism without resorting to jingoism.
Film: Batla House
Genre: Drama,Thriller
Rating:
Director: Nikkhil Advani
Cast: John Abraham,Mrunal Thakur,Ravi Kishan,Nora Fatehi
'Batla House' is a fictionalised version of the controversial Operation Batla House, which took place in Delhi on September 13, 2008. Told through the eyes of a dedicated and decorated officer, ACP Sanjay Kumar (Abraham), the story shows the struggle of the Delhi Police Special Cell team and the controversies that followed the encounter of Indian Mujahideen terrorists, who were involved in the 2008 serial blasts.

With casualities on both sides and two suspected terrorists on the run, Sanjay finds himself in the middle of a judicial inquiry and a marriage on the verge of divorce. The story unravels as Sanjay and his team work towards clearing their tainted image, and to prove that the boys shot dead in Batla House were in fact terrorists.

Interspersed with real news footage, Advani has attempted to present a controversial case without taking any sides. Yet, the film has the right dose of patriotism without resorting to jingoism.


The thriller stays true to its genre, with its action sequences, complemented by the thumping background score. The chase sequences get your adrenaline rushing and leave you with knots in the stomach.

While the first half of the film is crisp and engaging, the second half starts to falter with the storyline slowing down.

Abraham, who has, of late, been veering towards films with similar tones, is on point. He fits in the role of an upright police officer and a man of few words. Thakur, who plays Kumar’s news anchor wife Nandita, does a decent job as well. Performances by Kishan, Fatehi and the rest of the supporting crew are also notable.

Although a tad stretched, 'Batla House' makes for a gripping watch with some edge-of-the-seat moments.


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