As a producer, Airlift stays on to be the biggest success story for filmmaker Nikkhil Advani. The Akshay Kumar starrer was not just critically acclaimed from all quarters but even went on to be a major commercial success while entering the 100 Crore Club. Other than Airlift, Nikkhil Advani is also the man behind D-Day, the film which he directed and fetched quite some accolades for the kind of treatment which was the right mix of class and mass.
The common factor between the two films? Well, both Airlift and D-Day were based on true incidents and real life personalities, hence bringing in good deal of relatability factor coming into play. Now Nikkhil Advani is set to make it three in a row, what with his Batla House based on the infamous encounter that had taken place at Batla House, Delhi, back in 2008.
“Nikkhil has been very much enticed by true incidents that have made headlines, or perhaps even the ones which haven’t,” says a source close to the filmmaker, “Not many really knew about the largest evacuation ever that had taken place from the Middle East back in 1990 as a result of which hundreds of thousands of Indians managed to return to their motherland. This is what led to Airlift. As for D-Day, it was a fantastical tale of Dawood Ibrahim’s capturing from Pakistan and his return to India. The film took cue from quite a few intelligence sources.”
Continuing with the tradition, the filmmaker is now bringing Batla House which he has not just produced but also directed.
“Batla House encounter had made headlines back in 1998,” the source continues, “Nikkhil knew about the story and it stayed in his mind over the years. Even when he was making films like Airlift and D-Day, he knew that one day he would put together Batla House on screen. The film required a great deal of research as there was quite some controversy attached to the core theme. The questions that loomed large in everyone’s mind were, ‘Was the encounter real or fake?’ or ‘Whether the students who were killed in the encounter innocent or terrorists.”
Nikkhil wanted to be sure that he presents facts on screen and hence didn’t want to rush up the affairs. Moreover, he also wanted a credible actor to take lead as the senior cop and his hunt was over when John Abraham entered the scene. The actor too was excited when he heard the story and promptly came on board, hence resulting in Batla House turning out to be a reality.
While the actor and the director are indeed quite confident and content with what they have put together in their ambitious venture Batla House, one waits to see how entertaining this Emmay Entertainment offering turn out to be for the audiences once the film releases all over this Thursday.