Madras Café is a film high on intellect, realism, political drama, betrayal and bloodshed. It has been directed by Soojit Sircar, and has John Abraham as its lead while Nargis Fakhri plays the role of a war correspondent. The film starts with the complicated situation of the Tamils in Sri Lanka back in the late 80s, when, to settle matters with the Sri Lankan government, (Rajiv Gandhi) the then Prime Minister of India signed a peace treaty with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. John plays the character of an army general whois sent to Sri Lanka to manipulate and settle matters with the LTF Group (LTTE – the actual group) of the Tamils who were fighting for the rights of their people in Sri Lanka and bring about peace. But things turn sour there due to leak of information from the Indian officials and bring about fresh troubles in his life. He gets blamed for the mishaps and is sent back to country. But his suspicion pricks him and the more deep he goes to solve out the problem the more entwined he gets. This film shows in detail, how due to the conspiracy and greediness of certain officials, the whole country suffer. The murder of the ex-PM was inevitable, but the numerous attempts of the loyal officials to save him are worth watching. The first half may seem a bit confusing but the second half of the film is really gripping and will keep you glued to your seat.
The cinematography has been great, the portrayal of the beautiful Sri Lankan landscapes and beaches of Kerala and Jaffna and the shots of the devastated war affected areas are worth a million dollars. Some of the dialogues have been very real to what the news had reported about the happenings between the Indian government and the LTTE back in the late 80s. A thorough research has been done by the director to make things look very real and true. Look-alikes of the important characters were made to play the roles and the actors have given it a good try.
Watching a political conspiracy well portrayed gives a different feeling. Well, Madras Café did part of the job, but it wasn’t as good as I had expected. It could have definitely been better, had there been Shah Rukh Khan or Farhan Akhtar in place of John Abraham. Emotions were not properly portrayed, though John’s acting has improved from his previous films. Nargis Fakhri proves to be more comfortable with English than the disaster she made in Rockstar! Watching this film you may get to know about the concealed clean works of the business tycoons who aim the developing countries and bring about doom in the countries’ future just to increase their yearly income by creating political and civil unrest! We have often blamed the western world for many a loss suffered by our country, but if one investigates deep one may find very little fault with the government of those countries, rather the so called important business related persons, about whom people have very little knowledge head such devastation… After all, the largest conspiracy and assassination in the history of India that made the country loose its good young Prime Minister has been brought out well by Soojit Sircar. You would surely love to sit throughout the film and absorb the beautifully provided information and cinematography. If you are interested in the political history of different nations you would get well connected with film and do some research on the Indian political history to understand and feel connected with this specific piece of art.