Writer Ritesh Shah and director Nikhil Advani had 50 minutes of content to film on the encounter at Batla House. On this, he made a 146-minute film. This is enough to explain what the film will be like.
Nora Fatehi’s character is entered in the last hour of the film, and from there, watching the film, the sleepless spectator wakes up and is interested in his film. What was being shown before it was not understood why it was being shown.
In 2008, an encounter took place at Batla House in Delhi in which two youths were killed. The Delhi Police described them as terrorists, while some said they were innocent students. There was pressure on the police due to various explosions in the country, so they killed two people in fake encounters and called them terrorists.
Politics took place on this matter. This matter was in the news in the media. Encounter officers have to answer in court. A police office Sanjeev Kumar (played by John Abraham) was so tense that the idea of committing suicide also came to his mind. The tension was in his family life as well as in professional life.
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The first part of the film Batla House is extremely boring. The beginning is good when there is an encounter. Two terrorists are killed and a police officer also has to die. After this, the film gets stuck in a cycle of awkwardness.
This encounter is said to be fake and Sanjeev Kumar gets caught in the complications. His confusion is shown in such a confusing way that the audience itself gets confused. They don’t care what is happening.
Why was the encounter done? How did the police suspect? What was the basis for the police to call him a terrorist? Who were those young men? These questions bother the viewer because the answer is not found in the film for a long time.
By the time the answers are revealed, the audience’s patience is answered and interest in the film also ends.
The film is filled with unrelenting scenes before Interval. It is clear from one or two scenes that Sanjeev Kumar and his wife are not being made, but there is no point in presenting this thing again and again. Investigations and protests against Sanjeev were also not properly presented by the director and due to this, the film does not create any connection.
For how such a film should be made, Nikhil Advani should watch a film like ‘Talwar’. Mere stress is not created in the film and this tension in Batla House seems fruitless.
The item song in this type of film is also Akharata and reflects the director’s dilemma that he is not willing to give up the commercial film’s fascination.
The supporting cast of the film is also not strong. There is a need for popular faces. The entire burden has come on John Abraham. Now there is no need to tell how good John is an actor.
Be it Ashwat Raina of ‘Atomic’ or Virendra Rathore of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ or Sanjeev Kumar of ‘Batla House’, they all play the same role. His expression-less face cannot be seen in every scene and sometimes the scenes fade due to his weak acting.
There was little to do for Mrinal Thakur, but what he got was well done. Ravikins leave their impact in small rolls. There was not much to do for other artists.
Batla House is also like those Bollywood films which do not do justice to a good subject.
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Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Monisha Advani, Krishna Kumar, John Abraham, Madhu Bhojwani, Sandeep Liesel, Divya Khosla Kumar
Director: Nikhil Advani
Music: Tanishq Bagchi, Ankit Tiwari
Artists: John Abraham, Mrinal Thakur, Ravi Kishan, Alok Pandey, Manish Chaudhary, Rajesh Sharma, Nora Fatehi
Sensor Certificate: UA * 2 hours 26 minutes 7 seconds
Rating: 1.5 / 5