‘Madras Café’ is a Hindi political thriller movie based on the Sri Lankan civil wars of 90’s. The movie is directed by Shoojit Sircar and the lead casts are John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri. The movie is released on 23rd August.
‘Madras Café’ is no typical Bollywood movie with masala and item songs. The movie depicts reality of 90’s civil war and sketches a tale of empathy and respect for humanity.
Major Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is sent to Sri Lanka to head RAW operation. But he is no super hero. He is an ordinary and brave Army Officer. He is supposed to work with his colleague, Bala, and bring Anna Bhaskaran (Rathnam), head of the rebel LTF group, for a peaceful resolution. Vikram did not know that it is not only Anna that he has to face. There are many, within the system as well.
Slowly Vikram comes to know foreign interests, leaks and domestic rivals. As Vikram feels pressure from his boss to move fast, he must face dangerous discoveries which further grow traumatic. His friend, Jaya is a foreign journalist (Nargis plays the role of Jaya, whose character is based on Anita Pratap, who first interviewed LTTE chief Prabhakaran). She knows the ongoing conflict more than what Vikram knows.
Like a typical Bollywood movie, there is no love interest between the lead actors. They work together on this mission. The second half of the movie sees conspiracies unfolding. LTF suicide bombers are terrific and their acting is nerve wrecking.
Acting of both John and Nargis is commendable. Nargis as a foreign journalist, speaks only English, but has perfected her role. John is fantastic. His character loses much and gains in view of duty.
The cinematography is superb. Shots of Jafna are primarily filmed in India but the director has gone into such details that audience will take the location as original Jafna. The movie is purposeful and honest. And the actors are just a small part of the big picture. The movie is about a historical civil war in Sri Lanka and how India got embroiled in it. The peace keeping force that India sent got into fight with Sri Lankan rebel outfits. And this all didn’t happen just like that. The story is multilayered with lots of grey shades and writers Somnath Dey and Shubendu Bhattacharya, have beautifully depicted the same.
Shoojit Sircar presents a wonderful movie without keeping it loud. It’s time to get off from the train and go for ‘Madras Café’.