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.
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.