Director: Shoojit Sircar
Starring: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri
Madras Cafe Review: There is absolutely no reason why you should not watch Madras Cafe. The script isn’t circumlocutory and the Director isn’t shy of laying down facts and opinions in an unequivocal and objective manner. This is a political thriller which although claimed fictional, is inspired by real events. Madras Cafe tells the conspiracy behind the assassination of ex-prime minister of India and the War situation in Baffna region of Sri Lanka. The movie is fast paced and is so intriguing and well-crafted that it can be easily this years best.
With zero publicity stunts, Madras Cafe director Shoojit Sircar tries to go out of conventions and comes up with this masterpiece. Political thrillers are ones which people in bollywood rarely attempt, and Shoojit does it bravely. Right from the start, the plot involves you in such a way that it is hard to come out of it. The Screenplay is fabulous- it divides the movie in two parts efficiently. First, the war conditions in Baffna and then the assassination plot.In between shocking plots are revealed and it covers a vast script in its runtime.The reason why i compare this with Hollywood masterpieces like blood diamond and green zone is not because of the similarity, but due to the fact that Madras Cafe maintains the originality of facts while imbibing the fast paced and thrilling plot.
John Abraham plays the lead role and this could be his best performance after dhoom, and does total justice to his role. Nargis Fakhri is the surprise package and shows that she can be versatile. The supporting cast is totally naive but they give their very best. The only drawback or error you can say is relatively average editing.Its cliché and too short for many scenes. But as a whole, Madras Cafe is a sinister, evil political thriller which is supported by intense acting and direction and the plot is simply ravishing.Its a sign that bollywood has started making sensible movies on a large scale.
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