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John Abraham is determination personified as he prepares to take on Batla House

The first look of the actor focusses on the determination of the officers who led the infamous encounter in Delhi. 

Shriram Iyengar

Actor John Abraham is making a habit of playing hard-hitting and patriotic characters. The actor's latest look as a police officer in Nikkhil Advani's Batla House comes right after his success of playing a scientist heading the nuclear programme in Parmanu (2018).

The look, released on social media, has John posing in his officer's uniform, while a whole host of words swirl around the controversy of the incident.

The tagline of the film reads '95 minutes that took 8 years to be resolved, and changed his life forever'. The sentence refers to the eight years of accusations and controversies that surrounded the team which did the Batla house encounter. As the tagline also suggests, the film is the story of an officer who had 22 convictions in 30 cases, nine gallantry awards and led more than 70 encounters.

The gallantry awards are a point emphasised by the many medals pinned on John's character in the poster.

John's character is based on DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who led the team.

Speaking about the film, the actor said, "Being recognized for films like Madras Cafe and Parmanu, I automatically gravitate towards scripts like Batla House, however, that also means that the script needs to live upto those standards. With Batla House, Ritesh blew me over with his precision in the storytelling as well as the emotional roller coaster of the characters. I am truly excited to bring this story alive to audiences."

Director Nikkhil Advani added, "Ritesh [Shah], who I have had the wonderful fortune of collaborating with on my life-changing films, D-Day and Airlift, came to me with this incredible story and he has spent a painstaking 4 years researching, writing and has fashioned a top-notch script. I’m so happy that John also recognized the power of this story and agreed to come aboard. Now all I have to do is call action/cut."

The film is likely to go on the floors in October, and will see the team shoot around locations in Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai and Nepal.

Batla House is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, John Abraham and Sandeep Leyzell. The film will be released in theatres on 15 August 2019.

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