August 28, 2013 07:14:20 PM IST By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
Dear Shoojit Sircar
First things first: congratulations on a well-made film.
The subject chosen was not easy; add to it the task of making it believable. The ethnic violence in Sri Lanka was well-captured. The daylight shooting, the mass exodus and empty faces walking past as guns explode. You documented the visuals with the eye of a hawk. That was what made the film enjoyable, nay acceptable.
Add to it your idea of narrating the plot through John Abraham's character. And even though the film had to go back and forth, one was able to keep a tab on the plot as well as feel that adrenalin rush as things got tangibly tense on screen.
I'm sure a project like this must have taken the mickey out of you. It was intense, required a certain amount of research as well as a screenplay that matched events for its authenticity. You scored in all departments.
There may be a lot many insiders and outsiders who will say that facts have not been accounted for and that there are a lot of flaws. Don't let that bog you down. You have dared to go where no one would. You have collared a subject that is so recent, yet it looks like it happened ages ago. You have opened our eyes to a holocaust of a different kind with political machinations... which we all had forgotten.
Feel proud of the fact that you have dared to be different.
More importantly, MADRAS CAFE (once again) exposed the futility of war. We need to live in peace.
Your star cast was spot on. But what, or rather who intrigued me the most was the character of Bala. This guy is a genius. I mean he was just there. His mannerisms, speaking style... everything was 'Just it'. There is no better way to describe this dynamite performance. Using adjectives would be like trying to ruin his performance because there is no particular word that could sum up his brilliance.
I hope you continue giving breaks to actors of this caliber. In last week's column, I wrote to Shreya Narayan, who mesmerized in SAHEB BIWI AUR GANGSTER, but who has yet to find the right director. Maybe, you would want to have a look at her!
You now have a steady partner in John Abraham, who I believe, believes in you more than you believe in yourself.
Both of you just proved that VICKY DONOR was no fluke!
Looking forward to more brilliance from you.
God Bless You Martin D'Souza (This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be... )