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Batla House trailer: John Abraham fights the clouded system in this cop drama

Directed by Nikkhil Advani, Batla House is set to be released in theatres on 15 August 2019.

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John Abraham's run of patriotic films continues with Batla House (2019), the trailer for which was released today. Directed by Nikkhil Advani, the film is set around the controversial encounter of 2008.

The trailer begins mise en scène with John Abraham's Sanjay Kumar leading a team of policemen into the infamous Batla House where they are engaged in a gun battle with and shoot down suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists.

But the story only begins there. Soon, there is the entire power of the official machinery that comes after Sanjay Kumar and his team, questioning their reasoning for the shootout.

The clashes between the police and the media, the questions raised around the event, and the conflict of the police officers, facing the loss of one of their own, makes for a good watch.

The trailer is sharply cut, with moments of high tension that drive its intensity. John Abraham does well to play the man of few words. The actor has grown into these characters since he first took up such a role in Madras Cafe (2013) and followed up with Parmanu:The Story Of Pokhran (2018).

John brings on moments of action to build on the dramatic elements. The sight of him crushing a mobile phone and slamming people through construction scaffolding is a throwback to vintage Sunny Deol.

Advani's film has an interesting viewpoint that is present in the two contrasting versions of the same scene in the beginning. This underlines John's statement that "the cloud of smoke is what is preventing you from seeing the truth".

The Batla House encounter of 2008 took place when the Delhi police shot dead four suspected terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen. The questions around the encounter led to a human rights case. The Supreme Court eventually cleared the police in 2009.

Batla House is set to be released on 15 August. The film will clash with the ensemble drama Mission Mangal.

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