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Madras Cafe

News Helpline | August, 23 2013

Madras Cafe Cast & Crew:


J.A. Entertainment, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Rising Sun Films Production..

Release Date

23 Aug 2013




John Abraham,Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Ronnie Lahiri


Shoojit Sircar

Star Cast

John Abraham,
Ayushmann Khurrana,
Rashi Khanna,
Sheetal Malhar,
Leena Maria,
Nargis Fakhri.

Executive Producer

Kumar Thakur


Media Relations

Raindrop Media

Publicity Designs

Huzefa Lokhandwala



Music Director

Shantanu Moitra




Monali Thakur


Kamaljeet Negi


Chandrashekhar Prajapati


Manohar Verma


Somnath Dey, Shubendu Bhattacharya



Bishwadeep Chatterjee

Music Company


Veera Kapur


Manoj Tapadia, Ali Hayat Rizvi, Zeb

Production Designers

Madras Cafe is a Indian political spy thriller film directed by Shoojit Sircar.The main role of an Indian intelligence agent in the film is played by John Abraham while Nargis Fakhri, who is the female lead plays an international reporter.



Movie Review

Rating :

Verdict : Madras cafe is one of the best Political thrillers Bollywood has ever produced.

Soojit Sircar, Director of Vicky Donor is back with a intense political thriller in Madras Cafe. Joining hands with actor-producer John Abraham, Soojit has managed to create quite a buzz for his movie. Also starring Nargis Fakhri and Siddharth Basu in other lead roles, Madras Cafe has hit the screens today.


Vikram (John Abraham) is a RAW agent who is deployed in Sri Lanka by the Indian government and his mission to carry out covert operations that will bring some peace in the strife-ridden country. His major aim is to counter Anna Bhaskaran, the chief of LTF who is dictating terms for the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Once Vikram gets going on this challenging mission, he not only discovers a huge conspiracy but also finds out about the different third parties involved in this sensitive civil war. What facts and truths does Vikram find out? How does it affect the Indian government and its VIP’s? And what role does Vikram play in this complex web is what the rest of ‘Madras Café’ is all about.

Positive Points:-

To start with, ‘Madras Café’ gives us a brief glimpse of the decade long civil war led by LTTE in the north east regions of Sri Lanka. One can safely say that the film’s true star is its story that builds up to a tragic end.

John Abraham suits the script perfectly and his character will be his coming-of-age role. John gets a chance to play out range of emotions ranging from troubled, angry and helpless and he plays it all with intense sincerity. Nargis Fakhri fits in well as a journalist and she plays out her character exceptionally well. Siddharth Basu is a revelation as this senior television quizmaster portrays the role of an Indian Chief whip to perfection.

While the first half showcases John’s exciting mission in Sri Lanka, the second half will blow you away and take you back in time when India lost one of its most charismatic leaders.

To its credit, Madras Cafe boldly captures the aspects that no Bollywood filmmaker has ventured to touch before. The film does not support any cause or organization and instead sticks to its plot and makes up for a well-crafted gritty entertainer.

Negative Points:-

Very rarely does one see a film from Bollywood where you would not look for entertainment and Madras Cafe is one such film.

The story takes some time to grow on you and the audience who might be unaware of the political scenarios of the 90′s might take some time to adjust to the flow of this film.

A better background score could have elevated the film much more. Those who are looking for regular popcorn entertainment can stay away from this one.

Technical Aspects:-

Kamaljeet Negi’s cinematography is brilliant and showcases stunning visuals of violence in the strife affected areas in Sri Lanka. There are no songs in the film which makes it a smooth and a breezy watch. The screenplay by Shoojit Sircar is brilliant as it holds your attention right till the end. The editing is sleek and showcases the scenes in a proper way.

Madras Cafe does not have any unwanted drama and sticks to whats it intends to show as the narrative. Shoojit’s storytelling is brilliant as he narrates the whole film with complete craftsmanship. The so called drama and exaggeration that Bollywood films are typically associated have been eliminated in this film.

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