This is deep. It has substance. It has quality. It also resonates with the foolishness of dipping hands in blood for selfish gains.
As you are leaving the theatre, after you witness the political machinations and senseless butchering of innocent people (who are always the casualty), the words of Rabindranath Tagore reverberate.... Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
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A master stroke by director Shoojit Sircar.
MADRAS CAFE, Sircar's latest, after VICKY DONOR, is a political thriller that is gripping. It evokes all emotions within you. The movie has its roots in Sri Lanka where a deadly civilian war has erupted in the early 80s. It crosses continents and explodes in Tamil Nadu, which had repercussions all over the globe.
The world is in shock; but India has been plunged into deeper grief.
In its bid to bring peace to the troubled country, which has a lucrative coastline for global business, India extends its hand by sending a Peace Army. But who wants peace when the pie is huge and the players are pawns?
There's a honey trap, land mines, leaks from within R&AW and a human bomb!
Vikram (John Abraham), an Indian Intelligence Agent, is sent on a special task to Jaffna 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 Tamilan forces and then in a daring operation, freed by the Indian Army.
Vikram knows that there is something wrong and a huge conspiracy is taking shape. He gets the support 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?
Well, this would happen in a Hindi movie. But MADRAS CAFE is not a Hindi movie. It is cinema, with a story having its roots in a few facts. There is no song or item number either. Another huge plus!
Sircar has an unenviable task of keeping the viewer glued to the screen. With the storyline moving to so many different places within a few moments, he does well in using Vikram as the narrator.
Agreed, it gets a little tedious keeping track of the goings-on, but Sircar's ploy of a background narration works. So also his crisp 'scene-shots', which move back and forth to take the viewer to its ultimate climax. CHECK OUT: John Abraham - MADRAS CAFE is not about Sri Lanka
What is also overpowering and noteworthy is that no single actor stands out in this espionage thriller. All actors are accorded their space and none move out, trying to be first in the race.
Book your seats if you have a taste for history and love for thrillers.
MADRAS CAFE is a definite hit. It may or may not cross the Rs 100 crore mark but where intelligent cinema goes, this one is high up there.