It is very hard to make a film in India based on real life incidents. Political parties and many social groups puts immense pressure to film makers that they have to be mostly fictional in depicting reality. But credit to Shoojit Sircar that he had the guts to make a film on Sri Lankan Civil War and its further implications on Indian Political scenario. He keeps the story as realistic as possible with changing the name of the character.
Madras Cafe is a political thriller film directed by Shoojit Sircar of 'Vicky Donor' and 'Yahaan' fame. Madras Cafe stars John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Siddhartha Basu in lead roles. The film is set in the late 80s and early 1990s, during the time of Sri Lankan civil war and the assassination of Indian Ex Prime Minister.
Story - There is a big political unrest in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. With rebel group LTF headed by Anna (Ajay ratnam) taking charge of this place and creating huge insurgency. Vikram Singh (John Abraham) of RAW is assigned a work to go to Jaffna and create difference in LTF members. So that this militant group can be destroyed and peace and harmony return to this place. But while going through the mission many unusual things happens to Vikram and finally how he discovers a big master plan is building up to assassinate Ex Prime Minister of India is the story of the film. Story of the film revolves around India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, UK and Thailand.
Performance - John Abraham does full justice to Vikram Singh character and gives an honest performance. It is easily one of his best performance till date, if not the best. Nargis Fakhri acting is first rated as war correspondent and a big improvement from her first outing Rockstar. Siddhartha Basu as Robin Dutt (RD) is just revelation in the film. He gets a challenging role and gives A+ performance. Prakash Belawadi as Bala gives a first rated performance Ajay Ratnam as Anna looks real and gives an honest performance. Raashi Khanna does justice to her small role as John's wife.
Shoojit Sircar as director again excels in this project. His direction is outstanding and film looks absolute real. Cinematography of the film is fantastic. Wars and action scenes looks raw, real and violent. Script of the movie is winner. Finally Madras Cafe is a political thriller based on true incidents and it keeps you in edge of your seat.
Verdict - Madras Cafe rides on good script power. Plus a superb direction by talented Shoojit Sircar with lead actors totally playing to the characters. Film looks real and editing is sharp. Overall film is outstanding and will find audiences mainly in classes. It may surprise the box office with bringing more than expected returns. A must watch film!
Ratings - 3.5 and another half for trying such subject which is seldom tried in Bollywood.