Yadav has won eight President Gallantry Awards, including one for this operation.
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.
Nikhil Advani has last directed John Abraham in the anthology love story, Salaam-e-Ishq. Initially, Saif Ali Khan was considered for the role. Nikkhil will direct John in #BatlaHouse. Were the five boys inside the building really terrorists or were they students? Yadav (Abraham) reportedly had to fight conspiracy theories and face judicial enquiries for years following, Digvijay Singh's, the then Congress general secretary, verdict of the encounter being fake. The actor has now signed on to play the lead in their next film, based on the Batla House encounters in 2008. With a little light on him and a flash of those dimples, John stands out in a crowd. Two suspected terrorists were killed while two others were arrested during the operation. "The biggest challenge will be to find the balance between duty and country, that fine line Sanjeev Kumar Yadav walk so perfectly and project it on screen".
Talking about the Movie, Nikkhil Advani said to the Ahmedabad Mirror that the movie will showcase the encounter from 3 angles.
"Batla House" will be shot in Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Nepal. One from that of Police, from that of the people present there who believed that the bullet were flying for the shooting of the tv serial Swabhimaan which was being shot in the vicinity just a couple of days back and the actual angle. Encounter specialist and Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the police action, was also martyred during the incident. John Abraham's upcoming release is Parmanu.