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      Default Ashdoc's movie review---Batla house



      'Batla house' movie which is inspired by true events is a must watch , especially for John Abraham's speech at the end against those who act as spokespersons for a particular religion ; a speech that had the audience in the cinema hall that I was sitting in break into spontaneous applause . In this film John finally breaks his mold as only 'action Abraham' and delivers a terrific acting performance too .


      In 2008 as bomb blasts rock Delhi city , police officer Sanjay Kumar ( (John Abraham ) and his team get information about a module of terrorist group Indian mujahdeen hiding at Batla house in Jamia nagar in Delhi . Sanjay and his assistant KK ( Ravi Kishen ) and their team storm the hideout and kill the terrorists except one , but KK gets killed in the process . But co religionists of the terrorists and self proclaimed secular politicians raise hell that the encounter was fake and innocent students belonging to one particular community were killed .

      At the same time Sanjay is facing multiple problems . His relationship with his wife ( played by Mrunal Thakur ) is breaking down and his wife's relation with her co workers and bosses is strained because she works as TV anchor at the very media house that wants to raise hell over the Batla encounter . He is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder due to the bullets he faced in the encounter and he repeatedly has visions of a terrorist gunning him down . Self proclaimed secularists and members of the terrorists' community raise protests against Sanjay and his team wherever they go .

      But the movie shows how Sanjay with the help of his loyal and understanding wife fights against all the odds and proves himself and his team not guilty of fake encounters in court. The courtroom drama towards the climax shows engaging repartees between Sanjay and the opponents' lawyer as each tries to prove his case , and gives John a real chance to showcase his acting talent . But he still stays true to his 'action Abraham' image as his mind recreates in the courtroom the various actionpacked situations that arose in getting to the terrorists and actually shooting them down . And we get to watch a gripping thriller in motion . In my opinion the most gripping part is when Sanjay and his team go into minority populated Nizampur in the state of Uttar Pradesh to catch a terrorist and find themselves surrounded and their vehicle literally lifted above the ground by members of the terrorists' community openly protecting the terrorist . The sheer power of the numbers of the people protecting the terrorist puts fear in you .

      The movie has all the elements of a good action emotion movie---hard hitting dialogues interspersed with the boom of guns and the whirlwind of hot chases between police and terrorists . And above all there is a dignified patriotism which is not loud or chest thumping but directly appeals to your heart . Background music is decent and so are the one or two songs . Photography is good and colours are okay too . Acting is good by all protagonists and goes a long way in making the movie a class in itself .

      Verdict---Good .

      Four stars out of five .
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      Thanks Ashdoc....Trailer looked promising
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      Thanks ASHDOC. Already planned to see this soon.

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      I think, I found movie just ok at certain time,... and a little above average only. ( Perhaps I saw on computer with average copy ) . Movie is on teatv.net ( install it on PC, a very small, safe software and searchbox in it, for movie, considerable VHS quality,.. )
      Movie is a very poor version of Akki’s Baby or Special 26,.. though akki’s were more dramatic and this more realistic……. ! Still dunno whether John be a better choice or Akki or Devgun for this, as John’s facial expressions fails every time of having a single unique expression in each complexion mode and mood. But John was producer , so no other choice,...


      Movie could be lot better with dilates and even more dense complex situations. Since it’s a john production so he have to have in it, and Mrunal Thakur a worst choice,… either Diana penty / Tabu /Kajol Agrwal would have been better. Ravi Kishan also pretty average. Needed Nawazuddin, Kay kay Menon or Irfan khan,..or,.. Paresh rawal,.. and sure Anupam Kher must have been fitted somewhere,..
      Direction of Movie is pretty average and could had been made lot better with this kind of story,… I found both the 26/11 related, real life incident, realistic movies ( Hindi and English ) of Nana and Anupam kher, a lot lot better than this,… Court scenes and other complex situations could had been churned a lot deeper and denser,.. Danny and Anupam kher could also have been placed somewhere in higher police dept. staff,…. Nora Fatehi would not have minded for deeper groups sex scenes with underground terrorist gang and group sex etc, would had been a better choice for this kinda story,...


      Was expecting a way more, but somehow did not find that much,... Mrunal was totally hopeless,..... as compared to Rani in No one killed jessica or Dimple as kalam waali baayi in Nana's movies,.... but they are old now,... still would go with Diana penty for sure,.. This was Ajay's movie,... John is so-so here,.... Akki would have also done better ( Baby / special 26 guy,... ),.. even , SRK was if given role, telling him, that this is not atypical SRK movie , but this is another "Swades" for you,.. he would have done better too,...
      Movies' end court scenes, OR Terrorists catch and grabbing were not so effective, nor did I found to my expectations and desires... Somehow I had more expectations, having recently seen those 26/11 related two movies,...


      Movie is 2.85 / 5.0, IMO.
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      P Jani, akshay Kumar movies are chest thumping patriotism that is loud and for the masses. John abraham movies are in fact much more sophisticated. Educated people should like action abraham movies like romeo akbar Walter or batla house.

      Yeah john abraham movies don't have scenes like akshay slapping a big government official in baby movie when he says something wrong. These scenes are for seetis and taalis. Action abraham movies are for thinking audience . Develop a taste for them .

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