About selecting Abraham for the role, Nikkhil told Mirror, "Sanjeev Kumar Yadav wanted a physically and mentally strong actor and John fits the bill. The biggest challenge will be to make him blend in".
The film will be go on floor on September 2018 and it will be shot in Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai and Nepal.
Nikkhil Advani made his directorial debut in 2003 with Kal Ho Naa Ho starring Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Preity Zinta.
Nikkhil Advani last directed John Abraham in SALAAM-E-ISHQ 11 years back and is now producing SATYAMEVA JAYATE starring John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee which is releasing on 15th August 2018.
John, too, confirmed the news and told the tabloid, "We are yet to meet, but I've been devouring all the material on him, and from what I've read, he seems like a humble man with an interesting back story".
The ghastly encounter between 7 members of the Delhi police and 5 IM terrorists took place a week after five serial blasts rocked Delhi on 13 September 2008, killing at least 30 people and injuring over 100. Was the encounter real or fake? "We want to make films that are very relevant and topical". John is likely to play the character of DCP Sanjeev Kumar Yadav who spearheaded the infamous 2008 Batla House Encounter case.
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. It was one of the most talked-about police operations of recent times. What followed was a nail-biting encounter, during which two cops and two suspected terrorists were killed. For the uninitiated, let us remind you that Batla House is based on the real life incident. John Abraham's upcoming release is Parmanu.