Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is a RAW agent, sent to Jaffna in Sri Lanka, on a mission. He slowly comes to know that the facts, and the conspiracies, that one would not expect. The movie takes a much unbiased approach, to not portray anyone on a stereotyped manner. Kudos to the writing team, for doing tremendous homework and research.
‘Madras Café’ has some brilliant visuals, but definitely not recommended for kids, for having shown quite a lot of raw moments. There are many sequences where you see pools of blood, tones of bullets and heart-wrenching trauma. Though, the moments seem real and are greatly executed, the audience might feel it as a documentary experience rather than a cinematic one. However, the last 30 minutes is a fantastic piece, which is a brilliant example of how skillfully a director can translate a real incident perfectly into a cinema.
Coming to performances, it’s a mixed bag. John no doubt is a wonderful producer for being gutsy and has a great taste for putting his money into ‘Vicky Donor’ and ‘Madras Café’. However, he being the lead as Vikram Singh doesn’t create sufficient empathy. Rathnam who plays Anna, a very important character in the story is also not so effective. On the contrary, the supporting cast does a brilliant job.
The screenplay is tight, and good. Cinematography by Kamaljeet Negi is top-notch. Background score by Shantanu Moitra was great and creates the required feel.
Madras Café is definitely worth a watch, for its intriguing moments and extra-ordinary visuals. Spare the documentary feel and a good product is in front of you.
Reviewed by Rag Mayur