Posted on July 9, 2019 at 6:34 am

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John Abraham: Batla House is not anti or pro any community or political establishment

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John Abraham is on a roll these days. The actor has given us amazing content-driven films since 2018 and is continuing to do so.

John Abraham in Batla House
Batla House

John Abraham is now all set for his next, Batla House which is inspired by the Operation Batla House that took place in 2008. John will portray the role of Sanjeev Kumar Yadav who is a police officer.


Talking about the responsibility to play a real-life character, John said to a leading daily:

“The responsibility is even bigger as this is the first time I am playing someone who is still serving. If he (Sanjeev Kumar) thinks I am not good enough, he can shoot me (laughs!). So, I better be good at portraying him in the film.”


He added:

 “I spent a lot of time with Sanjeev and his wife Shobhna to understand his mindset, body language, the way he sits, stands, talks, reacts to situations and what he went through. I had a million questions for him.”


“There were times when I was tempted to take creative liberties, but I refrained from that; I wanted to be true to the character. It was interesting playing him, but it was difficult, too, because it is a strong and conflicting character. A lot has happened in his life post the Batla House incident and to present that on screen was difficult. It’s like walking on a double-edged sword and you don’t want to tilt either way. So, this is not Nikkhil (Advani, director) or my version of a story that we want people to believe in, but this is what it we believe in, factually.”


The actor concluded saying:

“Batla House is not anti or pro any community or political establishment. It’s a story of this man’s life and what he went through. To put it in simple words, it’s a story of one man’s life. I am aware that there will be conflicting views even if you stick to facts as closely as possible. However, the idea is to build a conversation and I hope we have done that with this film. One way of looking at it is to show different perspectives to the story and the other is to make the audience think and give them a reason for constructive argument.”


Produced by T-Series, Emmay Entertainment & JA Entertainment in association with Bake My Cake Films, Batla House will release on 15th August 2019.


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