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‘Batla House’ Review (3.5/5): John Abraham’s Class Act Lifts This Gripping Tribute To Police Officers

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10 years after the Batla House encounter, John Abraham and Nikkhil Advani bring on screen the controversial and political event on screen. The case still has not got its closure and the answer to ‘was it real or fake?’ is not clear yet. Does this adaptation resolve this 10-year mystery? Read further.

  • Director: Nikkhil Advani
  • Screenplay: Ritesh Shah
  • Cast: John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Nora Fatehi, Manish Chaudhari, Rajesh Sharma and others 
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Date releasing: August 15, 2019
  • CBFC rating: U/A
  • Duration: 146 minutes 
  • Reviewer Rating: 3.5/5

Setting the scene 

Blasts have ravaged Delhi, killing 30 in September 2008. A few days later, based on an investigation, Delhi Police Special Cell decide to raid a flat at Batla House where alleged terrorists are hiding. However, things don’t go as per plan as two alleged terrorists get killed in the encounter, two escape and one is arrested, while one police officer also loses his life.  

Plot 

‘Batla House’ traces the story of ACP Sanjay Kumar (John Abraham), who heads the investigation team that conducts the operation, resulting in the encounter. However, residents of the area, media and politicians term it as a fake encounter of ‘innocent students’. Kumar, who is already facing a troubled time with wife (Mrunal Thakur), not just is attacked with allegations in a media trial, a departmental inquiry for the fiasco, but also suffers a mental breakdown over the deaths, including of his colleague (Ravi Kishan). His rollercoaster journey, strategising the way to get hold of one of the escaped terrorists, proving the authenticity of the incident to his seniors, ministers and towards the end, to the court, while battling his own demons, forms the rest of the story. 

Verdict

There is a not a single dull moment in ‘Batla House’; the movie is gripping from the word ‘go’ till the end, and the credit goes to the direction and editing. 

It goes without saying, ‘Batla House’ rests on the broad shoulders of John Abraham and he uplifts it with a stupendous performance. From the portrayal of his troubled equation with wife, hallucination scenes, investigation of the terrorists with verses from Quran, or beating up the accused, the actor nails the role to the T. It won’t come as a surprise if he is finally honoured with an award, after a string of patriotic roles. 

The supporting cast is outstanding too. The roles of the police officers and the terrorists are all played convincingly. From the supporting cast, Ravi Kishan impresses even in his brief role, Manish Chaudhari never quite gets its wrong. 

Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi don’t have much to do, but they do their job fairly well. Rajesh Sharma as the overconfident lawyer is one of the highlights. 

The writing by Ritesh Shah, known for movies like ‘Pink’ and ‘Raid’, deserves a special mention. Dialogues do justice to the story, though it might seem heavy at places. 

The action sequences are extraordinary and the entire sequence of John chasing one of the terrorists, right till the point he fails to catch him, is marvellous. The picturisation of the sequences add to the build-up, though the movie isn’t much about the action, but more about what happens after the encounter. 

The background music is brilliant as it manages to keep the tempo high throughout the movie. The songs, two of them, do justice to the plot and Nora’s ‘Saaki Saaki’ act will be something that’d draw the audiences to the theatres. 

On the flip side, John’s equation with his wife might seem as deviating from the plot for some, while the hallucination scenes might have mixed reactions. The monologue towards the end might seem too preachy. Some sequences like the scene in Nepal was out of the blue and more focus could’ve been given to the facts that brought the Special Cell to Batla House. The reason why Kumar and Co waited one year to go to UP to nab the accused was not justified. Like ‘Talwar’, Batla House tries to present various versions of the incident, but this one does take a side.  

However, overall, ‘Batla House’ is an impressive action thriller, aided by impressive performances and fine direction, that gives a fitting tribute to the police officers. 

What works: Direction, performances, action sequences 

What doesn’t: Could’ve been crisper and more detailed   

 

 

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Gaurav Chopra’s adorable lullaby for his little prince will leave you emotional

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Gaurav Chopra and wife Hitisha Cheranda welcomed a baby boy on September 12 in Bengaluru. He has been sharing a lot of pictures with his baby boy and it’s super cute. However, recently he shared a video of himself holding his little prince and singing an adorable lullaby for him. Gaurav Chopra had lost both his parents recently but he became a father as well during this time. The actor is thankful to God for this gift but also misses his parents. Along with his video, Gaurav also penned down a long note where he spoke about embracing fatherhood and also remembered his father. He wrote, “Both of us are two weeks old today … Our #princeChopra and me , the infant #daddy ..both learning .. this is the #lori I sing to him ..he’s kind enough to ignore the lack of rhythm and tune .. and falls asleep each time … sometimes both the infants : him and me fall asleep ..he loves to wriggle and snuggle into my neck ..” Also Read – Gaurav Chopra’s adorable lullaby for his little prince will leave you emotional

“Had mentioned this song in a previous post .. had improvised this for a scene in #uttaran , its originally from #kabhikabhie ..Hope you’re kind enough to ignore the besuri singing as well..??? Tomorrow it shall be a month to my father passing away …While I take baby steps to become a daddy ,he guides and mentors me from within .. If only …Sending out love and wishes and asking for blessings ,like always …” Take a look at his post here: Also Read – Gaurav Chopra shares the FIRST picture of his baby boy, and it’s super cute!

Gaurav Chopra spoke about the feeling of becoming a father for the first time in an interview with Bombay Times. He said, “I am so happy that we have got the baby home now. Hitisha, her parents, grandmother and I take turns to look after him. Hitisha’s friends, and my brother and bhabhi decorated the entire house when we brought him home from the hospital. It was an emotional moment and I missed my mother the most. She would have been ecstatic if she were here to see her grandson.” Also Read – Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, Nia Sharma, Bigg Boss 14 — here are the TV newsmakers of the week

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Mandar Chandwadkar aka Mr. Bhide’s social media account gets hacked

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SAB TV’s popular and longest show Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah is riding the success high as it recently completed 3000 episodes. The show is a nation wide success and there’s no one who doesn’t know the characters of the show. But recently one of the popular characters of the show Mr. Atmaram Bhide played by Mandar Chandwadkar’s social media account was hacked. He took Palak Sindhwani aka Sonu’s social media account to make the announcement to his fans and followers.

Palak who play Mr. Bhide’s daughter Sonu posted the video informing everyone about Mandar’s account getting hacked. She also wrote, “*URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT**Hello, everyone, This is to inform you that I’m not operating my Instagram id since last 4 days , I.e., @realmandarchandwadkar so if anybody is receiving messages from my id, consider that it’s been hacked, please spread the word! I’ll inform you once I’ll get access to my Instagram id, till then take care, I’ll update you all soon.

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Ishq Mein Marjawan 2 29th September 2020 Episode starts with Riddhima checking the teddy. Vansh comes and says did you see Ishani, she isn’t in her room. Ishani thinks I may get caught. Vansh sees the teddy and says Ishani, come out. Aryan worries. Ishani comes out. Everyone comes out. Vansh scolds Aryan. Aryan asks why do you always accuse me, I gifted her the teddy, I didn’t know she will do this, maybe Riddhima has helped Ishani escape. Vansh says because I know Riddhima can never do this, I reached your room and got your blank cheque, why did Ishani give this to you. Dadi slaps Aryan.

She says you were making Ishani run away, why are you taking revenge, I would have ousted you from the house. Vansh asks her to calm down. He says you would have ruined our family respect, its good Riddhima saw you and stopped, go and get ready, its time for the rounds. Ishani sits in the mandap.

Vansh asks Riddhima to have juice, she didn’t have anything since morning. She asks did you know. He nods. She thanks him. He says let me thank you, you saved my life and today my respect, I would have lost Ishani today, its my mistake, I failed to keep an eye on her, thank you so much, why do you look so worried, is everything fine, I don’t believe in keeping favors. She recalls everything and says I wanted to tell you something, about my past, when I was out of the house…. before marriage… Vansh stops her. Ye pyaar hai…plays….

Vansh says it was your past, we are married now, we are together and it matters to me, you also learn to live in present, you will be happy. Pandit says its time for kanyadaan. Dadi says Ishani’s dad isn’t alive, Vansh and Riddhima will do the kanyadaan. Ishani thinks I will ignite fire in your life. Pandit says Riddhima didn’t wear any suhaag sign. Riddhima says sorry, I forgot to wear it. Vansh says its fine. He takes the sindoor and fills in her maang. Kabir and Anupriya look on. Kabir says so much happened and its not affecting her, how. Vansh makes Riddhima wear the mangalsutra.

Pandit does tilak to him and gives the gathbandhan cloth. Vansh and Riddhima tie the gathbandhan cloth for Ishani and Angre. Riddhima recalls his words. She recalls their marriage. Ishani and Angre take the wedding rounds. They perform the rituals. Vansh sees Riddhima. Anupriya says I think Riddhima forgot the past and moved on, she has fallen for Vansh, what will we do now. Kabir says my pawn has gone blind in love, she has to come back to me at any cost. He vents anger on himself. Riddhima asks Dadi not to worry. They see Vansh shouting on the call. Vansh says you should send the file to Khurana by tomorrow. He goes. Riddhima says he looks worried. Dadi says he stays angry when he is hungry, it was Ishani’s marriage, he didn’t find time to have anything, did you have anything, you both are same, like kids, caterers would have gone, wait, I will make something. Riddhima says I will cook something for us, don’t worry. Kabir says time has come…. He gets angry.

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