Batla House (2019) – Movie Review

Batla House is an action thriller film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Nikhil Advani. The film is based on the controversial Batla House encounter case that took place in 2008 by Delhi Police.

The film starts with ACP Sanjay Kumar (John Abraham), who gets the information that five suspected university students in L18 apartment of Batla House might have involvement in the 2008 serial bombings. But, the plan to arrest the suspects go wrong when the police force and the suspects engage in the gunfire. As a result of which two students die in the encounter, two escape, and one is arrested alive. And, then the Sanjay and his team start getting allegations and protests from political parties, civil society groups, and activists that the encounter was fake, staged by Delhi Police; And killed innocent students to account for the bombings. Now, Sanjay and his team must prove the truth to the law.

When the film starts, it clearly states that it is being neutral about this case and is not trying to justify either side of this case. So, the film proceeds with this unbiased nature, but at some point, the things become predictable and clear that where it is going. The first half of the film is pretty captivating and compelling that it passes in no time. But, in the second half, the film feels dragged with unnecessary subplots and started feeling boring. Even some of the scenes just seem so silly that it contradicts the film’s grounded tone.

The performances of each and every character seem authentic and believable. John Abraham in the role of ACP really shines all the time, I mean, he has totally embodied these kinds of roles in some of his past films.

Verdict : The film has a very intriguing topic but the only problem is that it is needlessly elongated.

Rating : 3.6/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG3K6jB3iW8

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