Movie Review: Madras Cafe

Cast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Raashi Khanna Director: Shoojit Sircar Rating: ****

Thursday, August 22, 2013 | 11:21:39 AM IST (+05:30 GMT)
 5 Comments | By

Shoojit Sircar who had guts to give us 'Vicky Donor' and made the film sweep a national award deserves a pat on his back with Madras Cafe as well. This is one of the most appropriate and not at all in a derogatory tone, smaller than life film. Nothing in the film is romanticized and things are shown as they are. Be it the good, the bad or the ugly. 

Madras Cafe does have a documentary style mood to it. It is not dramatized and is as real as real can get. Kudos, to the team for the research and for keeping everything real. Sircar has made a political expose with an eye of an artist that it blends perfectly. John Abraham who was considered just a good looking face a while back has given it back to every tongue that was wagging and has performed very well. He is intense and edgy when required.

Back in the days of the Sri Lankan and Tamilians war, this story takes birth. Thousands and thousands of Tamilians had died in the war of separation. The writers of the film Somnath Dey and Shubendu Bhattacharya have gone in depth and have written a good narrative. 

John Abraham (Vikram Singh) is a RAW agent and goes on a mission to Sri Lanka. Nargis Fakhri (Jaya) who plays an international war journalist has done a pretty decent job with this one. The one thing that I found quite funny with Vikram and Jaya is that Jaya only talks in english while Vikram replies to her in hindi? Why?

Barring this language barrier aside, the film is a flashback where Vikram who has lost almost everything in life is narrating the deadly, dangerous story of the Sri Lankan war and how the plan of the assassination of the prime minister was mailed. Vikram is broken because he is unable to save the Prime Minister and his wife (Raashi Khanna) and feels shattered. His disheveled turnout, floppy long hair, unkept beard tells us he has no reason to live a happy life.

From the very start we know that the protagonist of the film, Vikram would not be able to save the Prime Minister who has not been named in the film, but from what we see it is quite obvious that this is somewhere the story of the tragic assassination of Rajiv Gandhi who was killed with a human bomb. 

The first part of the film is gritty and tight but somewhere after the interval the screenplay falls lose at times but soon regains its momentum as we progress towards the climax. The build up right before the climax is something to wait for and it does give you the chills in the end. 

Madras Cafe is an intelligently made film in a documentary mood narrative without songs and works absolutely well. For everyone who enjoy a political expose, this one is an interweavement of fact and fiction for you. 

User Rating Rating(6 Votes)
thanaletcumi, PrityGP, _mahi_, Bharathi_gurti, samicute, sonu-monu

Share On :

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on WhatsApp

To stay updated with similiar articles follow

Related News

User Comments & Ratings

Join India Forums for free to comment on this story. Have an account already? Use Quick Login to comment.
Dear Readers,
  • Please do not use derogatory comments in reply to the stories published on Bollywood, India-Forums.
  • The credibility of the site matter to us, and the comments in bad taste tend to invariably hurt the actors/production house/channel etc.
  • So kindly, refrain from creating an unhealthy atmosphere for all, and keep your comments constructive.
  • Also, please use the Rate It button if you want to just thank the author for posting the story.



  • Page 1 of 1

Posted on: 19 May 2017 at 12:57am
John Abraham's acting is amazing and i am a die hard fan of John Abraham and i really like this movie.

Report Abuse
Posted on: 12 September 2013 at 11:00pm
a must watch... no songs, drama etc...
just the complete reality...

Report Abuse
Posted on: 07 September 2013 at 3:48am
just watched it yesterday, good movie! These kind of movies are rare in bollywood no sing and dance, no romance just a very well scripted, performed and edited story of the real events that too place. What i loved the most is the characters are very real, no OTT action scenes, something we can expect from the real RAW agents.

Good work.

Report Abuse
Posted on: 26 August 2013 at 3:14pm
Ever since the onset of hindi cinema, the onus of being the movie backdrop exclusively lies with north and west India. Recent times has witnessed diversification to east India (Devdas, Yuva, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey, Lootera) as well. Now South India seems to have caught the fancy of Bollywood filmmakers. Be it autobiography (The Dirty Picture), comedy (Chennai Express) or issue awareness (Madras Cafe), the backdrop and supporting cast is intermittently South Indian!

Madras Cafe primarily deals with LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) during the mid 1980s, followed by the assassination of our late Prime Minister, Shri Rajiv Gandhi at the onset of 1990s. However, the movie does not claim to be a celluloid presentation of the same. Throughout the movie, the rebel group is referred to as LTF.

The movie is kind of well made. Scenes are beautifully derived out of approximately thirty years old photographs of evacuation and massacre that took place in the Sri Lankan regions that were infested with the rebel groups " both Tamil and Sri Lankan. This able derivation does remind you of the international movie Frida (Salma Hayak, Alfred Molina). Therein too scenes are beautifully derived out of paintings done by Frida Khalo.

Most of the cine goers of today were either not born or were very young during the mid 1980s. And thus, the movie does create the required awareness. The producer-director duo, John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar did a fantastic job with their debut film Vicky Donor and they continue to create the same magic with Madras Caf, in spite of the two movies being as contrasting as chalk and cheese. Shoojit has intelligently played upon the strengths of John and the result is good. Also, hats off to the makers for refraining from showing unnecessary gore, death and item numbers. Please note that, the Sri Lankan Civil War killed an estimated 80,000-100,000 people between 1982 and 2009.

However, the problem l...

2 member(s) Liked the above comment :
PrityGP, Kai.

Report Abuse
Posted on: 23 August 2013 at 1:48am
alll the best to john n fargis can't wait to see the film

Report Abuse

  • Page 1 of 1

Bollywood Film Reviews Articles Index

Disclaimer: All Logos and Pictures of various Channels, Shows, Artistes, Media Houses, Companies, Brands etc. belong to their respective owners, and are used to merely visually identify the Channels, Shows, Companies, Brands, etc. to the viewer. Incase of any issue please contact the webmaster.

Popular Channels :
Star Plus | Zee TV | Sony TV | Colors TV | SAB TV | Life OK

Quick Links :
Top 100 TV Celebrities | Top 100 Bollywood Celebs | About Us | Contact Us | Advertise | Forum Index