Abraham will portray the role of DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who has won eight President Gallantry Awards.
Advani was initially planning to make a film on the controversial subject of Operation Blue Star but decided against it and focussed on the case of Batla House as he felt it was more relevant. Nikkhil had previously directed John in "Salaam-E-Ishq". Saif Ali Khan was earlier rumoured to be playing the role. Nikkhil will direct John in #BatlaHouse. The incident took place on September, 19, 2008, against Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists in Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, Delhi. Was the encounter real or fake? With a little light on him and a flash of those dimples, John stands out in a crowd. In the incident, two suspected terrorists were killed, while two others were arrested, and one accused, who managed to escape. He mentioned that the encounter case will be seen from three different perspectives, one of the police, one of those present at the location and the real picture. "The biggest challenge will be to make him blend in".
"We are thrilled to announce @nikkhiladvani's next directorial venture starring @TheJohnAbraham in story of one of the most talked-about police operation in recent times, the encounter at L-18 Batla house".
Nearly a decade ago, seven-member Special Cell Team barged into a flat in Batla House, Jamia Nagar in search of Atif Bashir, Chief of the Indian Mujahideen who was behind several bomb blasts between 2003 and 2008.
John Abraham is now gearing up for the release of his film Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran and is also starring in Milaap Zaveri directed thriller Satyamev Jayate. Director Nikkhil Advani is back with another thriller-drama, five years past the release of acclaimed spy drama D-Day.