The Movie: Madras Cafe
Caption: Strong coffee that refreshed old memories and will haunt for some more time
Savvy’s Rating: 3.75/5
Zephyr: Background score, Story, Cinematography, and John Abraham.
1. Editing issues – For the first 35-40 minutes background score was so loud that dialogues were not audible
2. Didn’t really understand if Madras Café (Coffee Shop) was in Sydney or Singapore or London or in all places ..
3. Nargis Fakhri’s role delivering dialogues totally in English ; how about audience who don’ know english?!!
4. Rashi Khanna – Model turned actress, couldn’t do enough justice on her small role
5. Ajay Rathinam – as Prabhakar (LTTE Lead) – he’s such a fine actor but not much scope for him to show his mettle (his talent was not used properly)
“Madras Café” – a coffee shop – where key top-headed selfish people almost sold India and sent a huge weapon consignment to Velupillai Prabhakaran AND about Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
Keeping the debate aside on whether the incidents and characters in this movie are fictional or real, I guess entire movie crew was successful in showing black sheep found in Government agencies.
In front of money, there’s no value to human lives. Who cares if innocent people are killed, as long as self motives of “some” greedy white-collar bureaucrats are fulfilled. India, a prospective country with huge opportunities, is ONLY for rich people / Bureaucrats ; not for a common man.
Very intriguing story and keeps audience stick to the seats through out the movie. Each and every character has been finely groomed and apt casting has made it easier to deliver strong performances.
This movie talked about selfishness at every stage, conspiracy, motives behind assassinations and kind of conversations happen amongst bureaucrats about peer Countries. One thing for sure, even Countries’ have to bend to political and peer pressures. These things are very sensitive and are shown in the movie subtly and smartly. In addition, it showed the life of Army wives and how they feel when respective husbands go on War zone for a long time. Writers really know what exactly they are writing and made their best not to give opportunity to open up controversies after watching the movie. Kudos to the team!
John Abraham is choosing his moves – as a Producer – wisely to make his mark his name in Bollywood. First Vicky Donor and now Madras Café; hoping he produces more good movies in near future. He almost repeated his behind-the-screen team of Vicky Donor for this movie.
John Abraham was apt as a Major Vikram Singh. He made sure the role’s heroism is elevated through out the movie.
Siddharth Basu, remember Doordarshan’s Quiz Time Master– has delivered great performance as a key RAW official.
1. Direction is a plus for this movie; powerful story reaches audiences only with solid direction and Shoorjit Sarcar did it
2. Some dialogues are very touchy – “mere pas puri army thi .. uske paas vishwas that I will come back home safe .. “ – John about his wife … (I had full army with me to save my life but [my wife] had only one thing i.e., belief that I will come back
3. Cinematography is a big plus ; LTTE camps, Rajiv Gandhi assassination location in Madras, Assassination team etc. were brilliant
I would recommend to watch this movie.
These days many movies are coming out on social problems, real life incidents etc. These movies don’t promise typical commercial masala with item songs but definitely makes audience to think. Try this movie, it won’t disappoint you.
– Story, Direction, Background Score
– John Abraham
– bad editing at the beginning of the movie – too much b/g score interrupting dialogues’ audibility