After working together on 'Airlift' (2016) and the upcoming 'Satyameva Jayate', Bhushan Kumar and Nikkhil Advani are coming together yet again to produce 'Batla House', which will be helmed by Nikkhil. The duo has their 'Satyameva Jayate' actor John Abraham, who is also producing the film, playing the role of Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who spearheaded the real-life Batla House encounter. The thriller drama will be written by Ritesh Shah.
Speaking about the film, John says, “I have always been drawn to the intrigue and drama that real life offers — small events, big ones or a human experience that resonates with a larger reality. 'Batla House' is on point with this pursuit. I’m almost obsessed with it. I am aware of Nikkhil’s talent, but more than that, I am sure of his intent. 'Satyameva Jayate' has started a relationship that has been wonderful between Emmay and JA Entertainment. We will work day and night to make a special film. Bhushan Kumar and our studio partner, T-Series, understand our vision and I am hoping this partnership is the beginning to many more.”
Nikkhil Advani, Emmay Entertainment, says, “Given his penchant for excelling in films of this genre, John was the right choice to play Yadav, an unassuming man of few words and a long list of extraordinary achievements. The film, which is a fictional account inspired by the real life encounter, will not be from one man’s perspective only, but will show three perspectives — that of the police, those present near the location, and the real picture. I am glad Bhushanji and I are working together again for Batla House and it is so heartening to find a studio, which is open to different genres and content-driven cinema.”
Bhushan Kumar, T-Series, says, “Nikkhil and I have been working together since many years and when I heard that he is making Batla House, I decided to join hands with him. After working with John in Satyameva Jayate, I know Nikkhil has chosen the right role for him. Even though the film speaks of an incident that happened years ago, Nikkhil will show the story in a different perspective, making the reel story look as real as possible. We are keen to produce content-driven cinema and Batla House is one of them.”
Inspired by the real encounter that took place a decade ago on September 19, the film goes on floors in September and will be shot in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow and Nepal.