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Madras Cafe (2013)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 23 August 2013 (India)
An Indian intelligence agent journeys to a war-torn coastal island to break a resolute rebel group and meets a passionate journalist.

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Credited cast:
... Vikram Singh
... Jaya Sahni
... Ruby (as Rashi Khanna)
Aayam Mehta ... Vasu
... Bala Krishnan
... Swarup
Kannan Arunachalam ... Shri
... Former Prime Minister
Leena Maria Paul ... Tamil rebel
Dibang ... Informer, bangkok
Ajay Ratnam ... Anna Bhaskaran
Tarun Bali ... Rishi
Vinod Kumar ... Informer
Siddartha Basu ... Robin Dutt
Alok Jain ... Ajit
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An Indian Intelligence agent (portrayed by John Abraham)[9] journeys into a war torn coastal island, to break a resolute rebel group. He deftly maneuvers his resources to make significant breakthroughs, amidst a scenario where the enemy has no face and the only counsel is 'Don't get caught.' At various junctions, he meets a charismatic and passionate journalist (portrayed by Nargis Fakhri) who is following her will to reflect the truth behind the civil war. The story unfolds as their quest for the truth reveals a deeper conspiracy, by a faceless enemy, united to seize a common nemesis - India. Written by Anonymous

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INR 350,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$243,978, 25 August 2013
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Nargis Fakhri spoke her dialogues in her own voice though she spoke english mostly. See more »

Goofs

When John Abraham speaks to R&AW chief RD from Tamil Nadu after talking to the LTF defector about the hit squads he calls from a PCO (public phone booth) which has magazines hanging. The magazines have the photo of south Indian actress Sneha Naidu on their cover. Sneha was not an actress till the early 2000's in any industry and based on the time when the movie is set she would have been 10 -11 years old. See more »

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Features Aashiqui (1990) See more »

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Ajnabi
Sung by Zebunnisa Bangash
Lyrics by Bilal Sami
Music composed by Shantanu Moitra
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As good as blood diamond and green zone...
23 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Madras Cafe is a political thriller which although claimed fictional, is inspired by real events. Its tells the conspiracy behind the assassination of ex-prime minister of India and the War situation in Baffna region of Sri Lanka...The movie is fast paced and is so intriguing and well-crafted that it can be easily this years best...

With zero publicity stunts, Madras Cafe director Shoojit Sircar tries to go out of conventions and comes up with this masterpiece...Political thrillers are ones which people in bollywood rarely attempt, and Shoojit does it bravely...Right from the start, the plot involves you in such a way that it is hard to come out of it.The pace of the movie, entangled characters,series of events, unveiling of conspiracies and then finally the climax- all are up to mark and hence make this movie a spectacle to watch...

The Screenplay is fabulous- it divides the movie in two parts efficiently. First, the war conditions in Baffna and then the assassination plot.In between shocking plots are revealed and it covers a vast script in its runtime.The reason why i compare this with Hollywood masterpieces like blood diamond and green zone is not because of the similarity, but due to the fact that Madras Cafe maintains the originality of facts while imbibing the fast paced and thrilling plot.

John Abraham plays the lead role and this could be his best performance after dhoom, and does total justice to his role.Nargis Fakhri is the surprise package and shows that she can be versatile...The supporting cast is totally naive but they give their very best...

The only drawback or error you can say is relatively average editing.Its cliché and too short for many scenes...

But as a whole, Madras Cafe is a sinister, evil political thriller which is supported by intense acting and direction and the plot is simply ravishing.Its a sign that bollywood has started making sensible movies on a large scale.

Madras Cafe is not for crowd who like Chennai Express,Rowdy Rathore or Dabang, but it for those who acknowledge movies like A Wednesday, Shanghai and Rang De Basanti. This one wouldn't be watched on a large scale, won't gross in hundreds of crores,will not receive flurry of awards...but for me its simply one the best that bollywood has ever produced...


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