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Movie Review: Madras Cafe Is A Clear Winner

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The new generation Bollywood industry is all about garnering mass appreciation by whatever means, which has given rise to the breed of mindless comedies and masala entertainers in the recent times. But, on the other hand, one of the crucial facts that cannot be ignored is the mindset of some intelligent braveheart filmmakers of the new millennium, who have time and again proved their guts and audacity by trying their hands in controversial genres.

One such latest example is Shoojit Sircar's new movie Madras Cafe, a devastating drama of war violence conspiracy and betrayal. The film is a very brave, honest and genuine attempt and has been mired in controversies for its striking resemblance to real political events associated with the Sri Lankan civil war and the ideas of a rebel group.

Featuring John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri in the leads, Madras Cafe is a serious saga, set against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war. Madras Cafe is strong, gritty, explosive and sombre, that throws light on the brutal killings of the innocent Sri Lankan Tamils, in the late 80s and early 90s.

Story
Madras Cafe starts with the protagonist Vikram Singh (John Abraham) in a shocking and unrecognisable state of a drunkard, who was once the special Indian RAW officer. Singh narrates the story of the horrific experience that he had undergone, after he was appointed by the intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing to conduct covert operations in Sri Lanka shortly after the Indian Peace Keeping Force was forced to withdraw.

As he journeys to Sri Lanka, with the intention of disrupting a rebel group, he discovers the larger issue. What's the larger issue? and how does he uncover a conspiracy in the process? The protagonist gets caught in the Indo-Sri Lankan political conspiracy and turmoil, finally getting targeted by the groups.

Madras Cafe exposes the culture of violence that every nation bears, in which the only people who suffer are the commoners who seek only peace and happiness from their lives. Madras Cafe is an undeniably impressive and well-thought out flick, that reveals a lot of lesser-known facts about the Sri Lankan War and the pathetic plight of the Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka during the 80s.

Performances
We get to see the best of John Abraham in Madras Cafe. He's just superb and very convincing in the role of a RAW officer. Nargis Fakhri gets saved from hindi dialogues finally and is seen in an absolutely new avatar in the flick. She is much better than what we had last saw her in Rockstar.

Siddhartha Basu was outstanding, while Raashi Khanna doesn't get much opportunity to flaunt her acting skills.

Verdict
Madras Cafe is captivating, compelling and engaging throughout. It's a wake up for those filmgoers, who just look upto to a movie for some mindless giggles and laughters only. Madras Cafe exposes the long lost realities and brutal conspiracies in our politics and the sufferings of our fellow brothers during civil wars, that are left back in the dusty pages of history.

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