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Batla House

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Critic Rating

5.5

16 Reviews
12 Ratings
50%
in favor

Audience Rating

4.5
2 Reviews
4 Ratings

Movie Info

Director

Writer

Language

Hindi

Synopsis

In this action thriller inspired by the controversial Batla House encounter case, Sanjeev Kumar, an honest cop, struggles to clear his name and deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after he and his team are believed to have shot down innocent students.Wikipedia

Batla House Reviews

Shubhra Gupta
Indian Express

3

John Abraham is strictly one-note, which may be how dour cops are meant to come off, but it becomes same-same in a screenplay stretched to show off a well-muscled chest.

Raja Sen
Hindustan Times

4

John Abraham tries hard but this police drama isn’t arresting enough...

Rahul Desai
Film Companion

-

A Semi-Effective Police Portrait That Commits To Its Hero...Batla House is forced to take a stand. And it does, in good conscience. Which is more than can be said about other Hindi movies of whitewashed history

Rohit Vats
IBNLive

6

John Abraham’s Film is a Crowd-Pleaser...Batla House combines all the essential tropes of mainstream Bollywood films in remarkably entertaining fashion, and make you sit and notice the fluidity of the narrative.

Unlike Madras Cafe, however, Abraham's Kumar sulks big time throughout the film in an effort to win your sympathy for facing the consequences of doing his job as an honest and upright police officer.Mrunal Thakur and Ravi Kishen barely have anything to do.

The film leaves you with a feeling that it had the potential to be an absolute humdinger. But stray flashes apart, the dramatized true story drifts too far from the heart of the matter without delivering the expected drama

What transpired at Batla House remains unclear, and Indian courts continue to hear cases linked to the encounter to this day. As far as this film is concerned, there is no room for debate. In true Bollywood tradition, “Batla House” chooses to hide its grays under black and white.

Reviewer Profile
Times Of India

7

Despite some of the flaws, 'Batla House' makes for a gripping, intense watch.

DNA Web Team
DNA India

-

John Abraham starrer not Independence Day treat, but good one-time watch

4

The protagonist, as we always know, is never in any real danger of losing either his job or credibility because the film clearly establishes the sequence of events early on. The Rashomon Effect, contradictory interpretations of a single event, is only introduced towards the end. By then, the film's conclusion is like most other police encounters. Fairly predictable.

Batla House gains all the marks in keeping us thrilled till the end. John Abraham’s flawless performance, Nikkhil Advani’s effortless direction and Ritesh Shah’s absorbing story help the story to flourish in its own enthralling way. Informs you things in an exciting manner!

There's no escaping basic Bollywood tropes here either. But it's done all so smartly to never take attention away from a deeply realistic crime-drama. This is clearly Advani's best work in a long while; suspect since the animation film Delhi Safari (2012), if not his rom-com debut, Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003)!

John Abraham's dramatic film seems burdened by its patriotic ambitions...

Bollywood Life
Bollywood Life

6

John Abraham is at his home territory as he portrays the role of a decorated officer and it's nothing we have not seen already. Watch it for the depiction of real life incidents and the obvious cinematic liberties. It's not really the independence day treat but makes for a one-time watch.

Namrata Joshi
The Hindu

-

Batla House is a needlessly convoluted and garbled interpretation of the 2008 encounter case which entirely sides with the police.

8

Batla House is a movie made for those who want to revisit the pages of history. On the Independence Day, the police officers deserve a film like Batla House to remind us that there is a world in between the two extremes of ‘memes’ and the ‘hyper-national portrayal of the forces’.

Audience Reviews for Batla House

  • Shashwat Sisodia
    Shashwat Sisodia
    237 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    4

    John Abraham's performance does make Batla House work a little, but all of it is sacrificed to the altar of bad scripting of an otherwose very thorough, linear true story of a civilian and the false accusations driven towards him. The film sanitizes and whitwashes these events with an Item girl and a backstory, a falling marriage and a backstory, a terrorist and a backstory.
    These things suck out all the impact from an otherwise very sincere effort. You can watch 'Batla House' even more than once- but you must agree on this: it is just too much masala for nothing.

    October 19, 19
  • Tejas Nair
    Tejas Nair
    249 reviews
    Top Reviewer
    4

    Nikkhil Advani's Batla House gets repetitive as you move ahead following John Abraham's gritty yet helpless cop character (bound by red tape) who uses his gut feelings and little investigation to go behind a bunch of students who might be terrorists. The problem with this film based on true events is that despite not wanting to it takes a stand at the end and that's not the best way to produce a film based on true events especially when those events are still rife with debates. Nonetheless, the little bit of police procedural and action sequences are enough to keep you occupied in the first hour if you are a fan of Abraham, cop films, or the sound of gun shots ringing in your hear. Ravi Kisan steals the show with his 10 minutes of screen time, no doubt. TN.

    September 01, 19