Madras Cafe Movie Review
- Film : Madras Cafe
- Producer : John Abraham and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures
- Director : Shoojit Sircar
- Star Cast : John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna...
- Music Director : Shantanu Moitra
Gritty, sombre, and explosive political thrillers aren't really among Bollywood's strengths. So when a hard-hitting, fast-paced and riveting espionage thriller like “Madras Cafe” hits the screens, it certainly singles out as an unqualified triumph. Blending facts with fiction with aplomb, Shoojit Sircar's largely understated “Madras Cafe” smacks down all the run-of-the-mill militaristic machismo and genuinely captures the unexplored genre of political drama in Hindi cinema. Certainly one of the finest thrillers to be ever made!
What a brave feat for the makers — Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham — to explore an unchartered cinematic territory with this film that is devoid of any over-the-top Bollywood cliches and commercialism, unlike their previous outing together “Vicky Donor”. The movie, apparently blows the lid off the actual Lankan ethnic strife, which many of us were too young to know or react to, then. The political drama underscores India's ambiguous role in the war, inching sensitively without taking sides, and bringing to light the conspiracies and compulsions that plagued it. It's edgy and disturbing at the same time — a rare combo for Bollywood potboilers. The movie certainly deserves laurels for rhonesty of intent and holding its own. To quote a critic, “Madras Cafe deserves an audience.”