Batla House

Batla House is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language action thriller film written by Ritesh Shah and directed by Nikkhil Advani. Inspired by the Batla House encounter case that took place on 19 September 2008, the film stars John Abraham as protagonist Sanjay Kumar, is inspired by Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, the police officer who played a leading role in the encounter. The film showcases the encounter, and in its aftermath, Sanjay's struggle to catch the fugitives and prove the authenticity of the encounter, while dealing with nationwide hatred and post-traumatic stress disorder.


Assistant Commissioner of Police Sanjay Kumar is informed that his team have cornered 5 university students in L-18, Batla House, who might have been involved in the 13 September 2008 Delhi bombings, the responsibility for which was claimed by the terrorist organisation "Indian Mujahideen" (IM). Sanjay orders not to engage until he arrives, but a relentless inspector, Kishan Kumar "K.K." Verma, proceeds with some officers. Sanjay arrives and, upon hearing the gunshots, decides to engage. The building is cleared, and K.K. is found shot down. Sanjay enters the room, and there's more shooting, as a result of which two students, Adil Ameen & Sadiq, end up dead, and Tufail is arrested alive. Dilshad and Javed escape and Sanjay now starts facing the heat from media and politicians, who start billing the encounter as a fake one. They're joined by the whole nation in condemning the Delhi Police, and everyone starts demanding justice for the students who were supposedly killed to account for the bombings. Sanjay's wife, Nandita, a news anchor, is however unwilling to accept this and decides to stay with Sanjay, who soon becomes diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, frequently hallucinating about getting shot by the terrorists. Nandita somehow stops him whenever he becomes suicidal.