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Madras Café

Madras Café

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Language Hindi
Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Actor(s) John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Raashi Khanna, Siddhartha Basu, Prakash Belawadi, Ajay Ratnam, Sanjay Gurbaxani
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INTERCEPT THE TRUTH... An Indian Intelligence agent (played by John Abraham) journeys into a war torn coastal island, to break a resolute rebel group. He deftly maneuvers his resources to make significant breakthroughs, amidst a scenario where the enemy has no face and the only counsel is 'don't get caught'. At various junctions he meets a charismatic and passionate journalist (played by Nargis Fakhri) who is following her will to reflect the truth behind the civil war. The story unfolds as their quest for the truth reveals a deeper conspiracy, by a faceless enemy, united to seize a common nemesis - India. BONUS CONTENT * MAKING OF FILM * TRAILER * PROMOTIONAL SONG VIDEOS
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Language Hindi
Publication Date November 14, 2013
Theatrical Release Date January 1, 2013
Format DVD
DVD Regions All regions
Genre Drama - military & war, action, crime & thrillers
Censor Rating U/A (Parental Guidance)
Actor(s) John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, Raashi Khanna, Siddhartha Basu, Prakash Belawadi, Ajay Ratnam, Sanjay Gurbaxani
Director(s) Shoojit Sircar
No of Discs 1
Runtime 130 minutes
Studio Shemaroo

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  1. 4 of 4 people found this review helpful
     Madras Cafe: Fact and/or Fiction? (Some Spoilers) 28 August, 2013 On
    “Madras Café” is the first Bollywood film made in a fascinating interlocking of fact and fiction while filmed in a believable style of a Docu-drama which is popular in Hollywood but maybe a first in India.
    While it’s not necessary to see the film without any previous knowledge of the subject a little background I am giving here will make the viewing more satisfying.
    No: I am not giving anything away, though some spoilers are present but they will not interfere with your viewing.
    The film is set in late 80s/early90s and deals with an assassination of an Indian Prime Minister (unnamed in the film but obviously referring to the Late Rajiv Gandhi) and the circumstances that led to this incident which changed the course of politics in India.
    Though a film based on Politics it is not political and non-judgemental.
    If you are wondering about the name Madras Café, it’s a fictitious location where the plot to kill the Prime Minister is hatched out.
    The film has a gritty look not unlike the Bourne Series films.
    There being a surfeit on the India Pakistan films this one adds a different dimension to the dangers that face India apart from its arch rival.
    The first half is jerky and mainly lays the background for the explosive second half where a good half an hour is devoted to the climax.
    John Abraham plays Vikram Singh, an Indian intelligence officer who is assigned to end the rivalries between two rebel camps in Shri Lanka with the help of an Indian intelligence officer Bala.
    But there are traitors and double crossings that are explained in the second half of the two hour film that has no songs.
    John Abraham is helped by an Indian journalist of an British origin Nargis Fakhri (a Pakistani-Czech model formerly seen in Rock star) who looks and plays the part well but talks in English for strange reason to John Abraham who for even more stranger reasons replies in Hindi. She gives valuable inputs and thankfully, there is no romance shown between them. She probably represents real life Indian origin journalist Anita Pratap (CNN) who interviewed the head of the rebel army Prabhakaran.
    Rashi Khanna (her first role) plays John Abraham's wife who perpetually fears for the life of her husband and yes, her fears are justified in the second half but not in the manner one would expect. A brief role but she manages to make her mark.
    Door Darshan in India screened a very popular Quiz time programme in the late 80s that was helmed ably by Siddhartha Basu and he has a significant role in the film though he looks like a former parody of himself.
    The second half is gripping and gives several theories as to why the rebel group wanted the Prime Minister out of the way and the manner, in which they were helped, probably by external camps out of the country.
    If one remembers the footage of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination its all here: the remains of the sports shoes after the explosion and the garlanding of the PM by a spectacled girl.
    For the first time plastic explosives were used for an assassination and it’s scary if what is shown in the film is true.
    All the while we know that the prime Minister is going to get killed (this is revealed early in the film) and that’s what’s makes it so interesting.
    The director Shurjit Sarkar’s could not be more different than his previous sleeper hit: Vicky Donor that was also produced by John Abraham.
    Acting is consistent throughout though John seems a bit wooden but he has never been famous for his acting.
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  2.  NOT SO GOOD.. 28 December, 2013 On
    A crime genre movie it is. Director involved so much in complicating the story that later he just forgot to open them all. Really it is a very complicated story but it doesn’t means that you will not be able to understand it, I am only trying to say that you will not be able to love it.
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  3.  Nice Film ! 7 April, 2014 On
    The director (Shoojit Sircar) did a great job in making this film , hence full credit goes to him. The story and as well as the background was excellent . The star cast was fine with John in the lead, he could have done a better job in this film .
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  4. 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
     A Bold Debut by John Abraham 24 November, 2013 On
    Movie Review: Madras Cafe: A Bold Debut by John Abraham

    Madras Café is a marvelously woven intrinsic and intense movie with a classical touch. This is a debut launch as producer from actor John Abraham and kudos to him for starting in such a challenging and non-orthodox manner. Madras Café has John Abraham in lead role as one of the most efficient agent in Indian Army Intelligence. The movie has been released on 23rd Aug 2013 starring John Abraham, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sanjay Gurbaxani, Sheetal Malhar, Rashi Khanna, Nargis Fakhri and Leena Maria. It has been excellently directed by Shoojit Sircar. Music Director is Shantanu Moitra. The movie belongs to Thriller genre.

    This Hindi Political Spy Thriller action packed extremely fast movie revolved around early 1990s depicting civil war in Sri Lanka. Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is deputed on a special and critical mission by Intelligence Agency of India, RAW to go to Sri Lanka on a secret agenda. During his secret mission of making Anna Bhaskaran (Ajay Ratnam), a rebel leader, a powerless entity; lot of eye opening facts are revealed in life of Vikram Singh. Shoojit Sircar doesn't seem to compromise even on the minutest of the scale when he is required to direct a movie. At times the movie appears as a documentary but that is what the story is supposed to go so as to bring some amount of absorption of theme of the movie in its audience.

    If you intend to watch this movie for the sake of some dances, easygoing story and lot of music, Madras Café is not meant for you. You will have to be attentive to capture the main storyline. At many places and especially during the last 15-20 minutes, you will have to hold your nerves to catch some of the most intense situations of the story. Overall I would recommend it as a Must Watch.
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  5. 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
     An ambiguous attempt. 16 September, 2013 On
    FIrst time an Indian movie has dared to explore assassination of an ex Prime Minister. However the script and screenplay could have been better. The first half of the movie is vague and doesn't really sinks in.

    The art direction, cinematography is at its best. It actually makes you feel as you are in the war zone. A one time watch.

    John Abraham has acted well for a change while Nargis still needs a lot of work on her acting skills.
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  6. 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
     absolutely a must watch 17 September, 2013 On
    all time classic. John abraham is on the way of becoming the next Oliver Stone and Matt Damon rolled into one.
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