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Film Review: ‘Batla House’

By Pooja Chhabra

The story of L-18 presented by Nikkhil Advani in his Batla house is based on a real life encounter by Delhi Police in September 2008, after a series of blasts in country and its capital. The story was a fictionalized attempt of the actual encounter where two IM operatives were killed, one was arrested while two managed to escape. The entire story revolved around proving the encounter as real or fake. Filmi Files is the best spot for tinsel town new and gossips.

The story was narrated from the point of ACP Sanjeev Kumar, brilliantly played by John Abraham. The personal experience of Sanjeev kumar was highlighted, as well as the impact of allegations on the life of an honest police officer and his dedication of being a duty bound husband.

John has earlier worked in the films with similar genre such as Parmanu- The Story of Pokhran, Satyameva Jayate, shows his sense of patriotism in choosing the films. While Batla house was an extremely sensitive film talking on minority religion. The intensity presented by John justifies his role of the most awarded police officer with nine gallantry awards.

The other main cast consisted of Nandita Kumar, wife of ACP Sanjeev Kumar played by Mrunal Thakur, Kishan Kumar, the inspector martyred in the encounter was played by Ravi Kishan and Huma/ Victoria the dancer gave an item number Saki-Saki and led the film further was played by Nora Fatehi.

The film was engaging throughout with its unfolding of events on the political and activist front while the first half has a repetition of the events which was gratified in the second half with the courtroom and the revelations of the investigations. The film though involved prevalent religious bias which was claimed to be unbiased in making by the disclaimer.

On an overall the film cleared many perceptions living among people regarding this encounter of Delhi Police through its fictional depiction of the series of events happened in L-18 Batla house on 19th September’2008. Hence, making it a must watch for the ones interested in unravelling the mysteries.

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