An Indian Intelligence agent (played by John Abraham) journeys into a war torn coastal island, to break a resolute rebel group. He deftly maneuvers his resources to make significant breakthroughs, amidst a scenario where the enemy has no face and the only counsel is ‘don’t get caught’. At various junctions he meets a charisma...more
An Indian Intelligence agent (played by John Abraham) journeys into a war torn coastal island, to break a resolute rebel group. He deftly maneuvers his resources to make significant breakthroughs, amidst a scenario where the enemy has no face and the only counsel is ‘don’t get caught’. At various junctions he meets a charismatic and passionate journalist (played by Nargis Fakhri) who is following her will to reflect the truth behind the civil war. The story unfolds as their quest for the truth reveals a deeper conspiracy, by a faceless enemy, united to seize a common nemesis – India less
“Madras Cafe is a well-made film with good performances. The gripping second half makes up for the sluggish first half. Watch it for a riveting history lesson mixed with intense drama.”
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Ever since John Abraham mischievously lowered his chaddi in " Dostana" to acceptable levels and also played male gigolo in "Desi Boys", he has been trying to wipe out that image. He produced "Vicky Donor "a pathbreaking film and he then focused on serious cinema in the shape of Madras Cafe " which is not an easy film to make dealing as it does with events leading up to the assassination of ex Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi This film is presented in a docudrama style through the voiceover of John Abraham who plays an army Major sent on a covert mission to Srilanka to defuse political tensions of the area. The entire story takes place against this violent background and offers enough opportunity for intrigue and action. Despite not having the usual trappings of commercial Hindi cinema like comedy, sex, villain, songs,item number it is to the credit of director Shoojit Sircar that the narrative is kept interesting and fast paced. The director has achieved the status of an effective story teller,specially difficult in this no nonsense plot moving towards the assassination of an ex PM. The opening scenes of innocent people being gunned down has the spine chilling effect to set the mood for the narrative. The line "One man's terrorist is another man's revolutionary ' has been used well. It may not be fair to point out historical or chronological inaccuracies since it is a cinematic adaptation. It is commendable that the army Major looks and behaves like one Also all other characters like RAW officials, Govt. officials, British reporter, Bureaucrats, Srilankans, South Indians all look and act realistic. This makes it the scoring point of the film. There are places where the film is too simplistic and that is done to cater to audiences who are not much educated or informed on this political development of those times. Hence the code used in secret transmissions is also shown as extremely simple. For clearer understanding John Abraham is made to reply in Hindi to Nargis's English dialogue, which a number of people have found inconsistent. Everyone from John Abraham to Newscaster Dibang has acted well. It was a good idea to give roles to non actors like Siddharth Basu and Piyush Pandey who have done well. Nargis Fakhri is convincing as the British reporter. Cinematography effectively captures the sombre mood in black and white hues. It is the highlight of the film. The editor had a big job on his hands in putting together the sequence of events in an interesting manner. In keeping with the mood of the film the music is on a low key and it merges well with the developments.