John Abraham is back at what he does best! The action hero who has proved his mettle in amazing performances in Dishoom, Force franchise and Satyameva Jayate, will also be seen as a cop in Batla House in an action packed performance. To fill you in, he essays the character of ACP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav in the film who is at the crux of a supposed cover-up. But is the film worth a watch? Read our entire review here.
What’s it about
Batla House is a film based on true events. The film is inspired by the controversial case of Batla House firings that took place in 2008 in Jamia Nagar, Delhi. It was one of the most intriguing cases as it raised many brows on Delhi police and ACP Sanjeev Kumar who led the operation. Many questions were raised about the intent of the op. Was it the aftermath of Delhi blasts to nab the culprits or was it just a cover-up? The movie tries to answer the question and absolve the alleged claims that were flagged.
The film grabs you by the scruff of your neck and forces you to see the grim reality of communal disharmony and the riots that it births. With gripping action sequences and nail-biting fight-offs, John Abraham’s muscle power speaks its own language. His stoicism can be easily branded as effortless. The highlight is that film also scratches the surface of post-traumatic disorder as John’s character struggles with a bullet that didn’t kill him. He even takes help of therapy later which directs the conversation to the right direction. Also, Nora Fatehi is a surprising revelation in the second half which pulls better strings than the the first. The court-room sequence in the same also makes the most engaging part of the drama.
Cannot lay more emphasis on how the film wastes the talent that is Mrunal Thakur. Even considering the little she is left to build with, Mrunal’s character is saying most of the clichéd dialogues. But John’s character isn’t that far behind. Apart from the not-so-subtle jargons, the chest-thumping one liners mar the buildup. Not to mention the romantic track between John and Mrunal sticks like a sore thumb. Apart from the vein-popping display of arms, even John’s restrained cop act falters at times when the plot needs it the most especially in the confrontational scenes. Director Nikkhil Advani tries to keep the pace but the story-telling consumes a lot of time on the peripheral red tape than getting to the point. It is only the second half that one sees the story that was promised.
John Abraham is at his home territory as he portrays the role of a decorated officer and it’s nothing we have not seen already. Watch it for the depiction of real life incidents and the obvious cinematic liberties. It’s not really the independence day treat but makes for a one-time watch. We are going with 3 stars.
Finally, the much-awaited song, actually remake, O Saki O Saki from Batla House is out. The hype around the number is huge, especially after the magic Nora Fatehi created with Dilbar Dilbar. Koena Mitra, the actress on whom the original song was filmed tweeted that the new one sounded like a mess. That also generated attention for the video. Coming to the actual remake itself, Nora Fatehi looks and dances like a Goddess. Her grace, flexibility and sensuousness keep your eyes fixated on her. With that rose, sequinned bustier top and red skirt, Nora Fatehi looks like a sexy gypsy lady, just as we see in the movies. It will instantly remind you of some songs of the ’90s. Coming to the picturization, it is nothing innovative per se. The new version has been sung by Tulsi Kumar, Neha Kakkar and B Praak. The track has been recreated and written by Tanishk Bagchi while the original was composed by Vishal- Shekhar. It has some new lyrics but the sound is that of the original.
The old one from the film Musafir was way ahead of its time in terms of sound, dance and picturization. Koena Mitra exuded a lot of oomph and though they may not be a prolific a dancer as Nora did complete justice to the beats and rhythm of the number. And she did a step that was just like what Urvashi Rautela did in Aashiq Banaya Aapne in 2018. And it was sung by two powerhouses, Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan. In the new one, we miss their vocals and of course, the presence of Sanjay Dutt who added the swag. Music wise, the original is still better.
BL Verdict: However, the new version of O Saki O Saki is one of the best ones we are hearing this year. It might not be as creative as the new version of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga but is good. It will rank along with the likes of Yeh Jawaani remake in Student Of The Year 2. Stay tuned to BL for more scoops and updates!
The Romanian beauty is on a roll in India!
Much has been said about Bollywood superstar Salman Khan’s girlfriend Iulia Vantur. The Romanian television presenter has turned heads and raised eyebrows after getting caught time and again with Salman but has managed to fool the paparazzi in doing so.
However we have managed to get our hands on an eyewitness who tells us how Salman’s girlfriend sneaks into Galaxy apartments (where Salman resides) without anyone’s notice. “Iulia travels in a rickshaw to reach bhai’s apartment. This way she is hidden from the flashing cameras that follow Salman everywhere. Salman’s bodyguards are also kept at bay from her for the same reason. It is better this way for them to move in or around the city,” says the source.
Even after playing hide and seek with the media, the duo were caught red-handed a few days ago when Salman was spotted coming out of Varun Dhawan‘s Juhu home with a woman in the backseat of his car. And the woman was none other than Iulia. Well that’s something for a couple who is trying hard to keep their relationship under the wraps.
Now that Salman Khan is a free man after his many have started guessing the time of his marriage. While previously Sallu had a reason to rubbish the rumours, what will the actor do now when there’s no excuse?