After the much hyped Chennai Express, comes the silent but controversial Madras Café. Personally, I craved to watch such a movie from Bollywood and Shoojit Sarcar has achieved a loud round of applause from me and all the contemporary audiences giving exactly what was expected. Engaging script, high voltage political drama, realistic sequences and power packed Bollywood style heavy duty action on the run; Madras Café is a terrific thrill ride all the way. The audience gets constant sense of kick and anxiety, with strong performance by actor John Abraham delivering his best till date. More...
MADRAS CAFE is an earnest and honest effort, a terrific thriller, with several poignant moments and episodes that leave a stunning impact. It's a film that you should watch because it gives you an insight into an exceptionally pertinent episode of history.
The cinematography is remarkable, shots of huge naval warships, helicopters floating across hills, sunshine on a deadly sea, haunting. Commendably, Sircar never overindulges in gore, keeping Madras Cafe a shifting site of mental violence. Madras Cafe deserves an extra half-star for guts, going for the gunpowder - but with a restrained hand.
Madras Cafe is not your average Bollywood thriller. It crackles with genuine energy and is marked by true empathy for humanity. It is an unqualified triumph.
After experiencing back-to-back idiocy on big screen, it's refreshing to return to the theatres for a film that expects you to be educated, informed and attentive. Give it a chance, Madras Cafe deserves an audience.