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Movie Review: Madras Cafe (2013)

★★★☆☆
Box Office: Below Avg.

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.

Madras Cafe’s true star is its story which builds up to an agonizing end. It brings to life the Lankan war which many viewers were too young to have known.Shoojit Sircar takes a historical actuality and along with screenplay writers Somnath Dey and Shubendu Bhattacharya weaves a captivating and compelling screenplay around it. He handles the sensitive subject matter with supreme care, prudence and sensitivity — without being biased or opinionated. He restructures the civil war in Sri Lanka with authenticity, portraying the rebels and diplomats and also depicting India’s involvement in the conflict that had ramifications on India. As a matter of fact, the storyteller tries to be as neutral as possible while narrating the tale and that’s what makes the effort so credible and convincing.

Reviews:

Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “MADRAS CAFE is an earnest and honest effort, a terrific thriller, with several poignant moments and episodes that leave a stunning impact.”
Bollywood Hungama
4.0 “Madras Cafe’s true star is its story which builds up to an agonizing end. It brings to life the Lankan war which many viewers were too young to have known. “
Times Of India
4.0 “This is arguably the best political thriller that Bollywood has so far given us.”
Sify
4.0 “Madras Cafe blends fact and fiction with flair. John Abraham, cast against type, comes up trumps as an actor.”
NDTV Movies
4.0 “One of the best movies made so far in the political thriller genre, Madras Cafe is worth a watch for its realistic approach.”
Movietalkies
4.0 “The movie is strictly not recommended for those who go to cinema halls only to see item numbers and sense less comedy.”
Daily Bhashkar
4.0 “An engrossing monologue which excavates one of India’s most overbearing conspiracies left back in the dusty pages of history.”
Koimoi
4.0 “An engrossing monologue which excavates one of India’s most overbearing conspiracies left back in the dusty pages of history.”
India Today
4.0 “Madras Cafe is certainly in a league of its own.. a new chapter in b-town thriller zone that is stark, realistic, and remarkably haunting powered by some excellent performance and great movie making techniques.. worth a ticket.”
Indiaglitz
3.5 “Madras Cafe is a swift, smart and serious study of an inglorious chapter of history.”
Rediff
3.5 “Madras Cafe exposes the long lost realities and brutal conspiracies in our politics and the sufferings of our fellow brothers during civil wars, that are left back in the dusty pages of history.”
One India
3.0 “The director never misses the plot and gives a thunderous fascinating twist.”
India Tv News
3.0 “Madras Cafe is a stupendous thriller and though it slips in some parts, the film is an overall winner. Cinema like this should be encouraged! “
Nowrunning
3.0 “The difficulties of attempting a true-blue Bollywood political thriller are evident in Madras Café. “
Indian Express
Average Reviews
2.5 “Go only if you must.”
Blog Reuters
Negative Reviews

Video Reviews:

Video Reviews
1.5 “MADRAS CAFE is confusing…”
KRK Live
3.0 “MADRAS CAFE first half boring…”
Leheren
3.0 “MADRAS CAFE is interesting”
UTV Stars WTF
4.0 “MADRAS CAFE is Watchable for its intensity and new subject”
BollywoodNow
2.5 “MADRAS CAFE is nice, watchable”
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