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‘MADRAS CAFE’ – Is it Intelligent Cinema ?

(John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in a scene from the movie ‘MADRAS CAFE’ )

In ‘MADRAS CAFE’, John Abraham plays a RAW agent and a lot has been written about how his portrayal is way different from what has been diplayed by Salman Khan in ‘EK THA TIGER’ and Saif Ali Khan in ‘AGENT VINOD’, both of them based on a ‘James Bond 007 template’.

Major Vikram Singh (John Abraham), an Indian Intelligence Agent (RAW), is sent on a special task to Jaffna (in Sri Lanka) to break the stronghold of a militant leader. All goes well, until he is double-crossed in an arms deal. Later, he is abducted by the ‘rebel’ Tamilian forces. Vikram Singh knows that there is something wrong and a huge conspiracy is taking shape. He gets the help of the top bosses from within the Indian Government and embarks on a journey to decode the threat and neutralize the conspiracy. Will he succeed, in the nick of time, to ensure safety of thousands of people ?

MADRAS CAFE is not a usual ‘Box Office’ formula Hindi movie. It is cinema with a story having its roots on few facts (IPKF operation in Sri Lanka ?). There is not too many songs or item number sizzle either. Actor Nargis Fakhri ( as Jaya Sahni) plays the role of a British war correspondent based in Sri Lanka. John Abraham has exhibited his ‘novel’ taste and skill-set for serious or Off-beat Cinema through this film.

After VICKY ‘Sperm’ DONOR, this is a political thriller from director Shoojit Sircar that is reasonably gripping !


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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