We just saw Batla House which is based on the infamous encounter case which happened in the capital on 19th September 2008. It stars John Abraham and Mrunal Thakur in pivotal roles. Read on…
Movie : Batla House
Director : Nikkhil Advani
Rating : 3/5
Plot : Playing the real-life cop DCP Sanjay Kumar, John Abraham’s character in Batla House goes under intense investigation when his team kills two alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorists and catch one alive at Batla House. Though two other manage to escape away from the crime scene, John tries his best to catch the other two and solve the mystery but the constant questioning and allegations by the media, the locals and even the politicians comes as roadblocks. Will they be able to find a solution and prove a point before the system that even the cops are normal citizens?
One of the most controversial incidents faced by the Delhi police which became national news, The Batla House controversy remained a mystery before the eye of many for years before it was all unveiled. One of the most respected and brave police-officer, Mohan Chand Sharma lost his life during the case and DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav played by John led a life amidst questions & investigations. The film is a fictionalized version of the same and sums up the numerous controversies which followed the firing at the Batla House in Delhi.
What We Liked : Despite being a lesser known issue which is already solved, the movie was gripping and taught us in detail about a story which needed to be told. I am sure there will be countless Indians who have no clue about this infamous incident. One of the winning points about the film was it’s neutral narrative which engages the audience and makes them not take sides. The film will make you respect and feel for the honest and dutiful DCP who was downright patriotic and will instill in you the right sense of patriotism as well. It also has one of the most well-placed intervals where one will return soon to the theater after the break to know what actually happened to the DCP and his team. The intensity of the thriller is rightfully paced and is felt throughout the 1st half and doesn’t look animated.
Coming to the performances, John has given his most sought after performance in recent times and makes us feel for the character who must have gone through a lot in real life. His cop act is away from the usual gimmicks and mannerism which usually a Bollywood cop will have and here is where he scores as an actor. Mrunal Thakur who plays John’s wife and a journalist is well cast who brings the right amount of emotions on the screen and does a brilliant job in playing a supportive wife and a thorough journo as well. Other actors do their job efficiently too! The last scene in the court where John delivers one-liners to all the questions of the lawyer in opposition must not be missed.
What We Didn’t : The court-room scenes lacks intensity and drama and are a bit slow-paced which could have been more twisted. The lawyer who walks around animatedly in the 2nd half who keeps on asking questions to John’s character is dull and ineffective.
Having said that, Batla House must be watched for the heroics of the Indian police officers and their gallantry.
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