Ever been a kite runner? Madras Cafe brings in the same adventures trills that a kite runner experiences while chasing a kite. The tempo, momentum all increases in a seamlessly integrated plot where audience do not gets a chance to cool off.
Madras Cafe provides you with no time to disengage from the movie, even during the intermission, and I feel this fact is what makes it a perfect win for Shoojit Sircar(director).
The movie starts with a no-crap tone and quickly weaves in a setup for fictitious character Vikram Singh(played by John Abraham) around true event of LTTE’s struggle and political dynamics(potrayed in movie by LTF) that eventually leads to assassination of India’s Ex-PM(read Rajiv Gandhi).
The movie starts with Vikram confessing his inability to save ex-PM of India. Vikram is a RAW agent assigned to restore political stability in Sri Lankan City of Jaffna by RAW chief Robin Dutt aka RD(played by Siddharth Basu).
However things do not go as planned initially by RD. Vikram faces resistance from his supervisor Bala(Prakash Belawadi) on his mission, makes good bond with Joya(Nargis Fakhri), a London based reporter covering the issue, and faces defeats while tracking down LTF’s boss Anna Bhaskaran(Ajay Ratnam). Things started going wrong when he tries to lure Shri(Kannan Arunachalam), a political ally of LTF using divide and rule.
Meanwhile, he get smashed down by enemies and after he get back to India, loses his wife(played by Raashi Khanna) while he is out of his house collecting evidences against in-house villains.
Plain simple yet well written dialogues by Juhi Chaturvedi in a no-bollywood fashion make a smooth base in the first half of the movie.
After Intermission, Madras Cafe starts with a heart wounded Vikram, who pledges to finish this all in his own way, make a come back from his short lull. Backed by all powers, his aim is to save the ex-pm. With events shown as time lined text-ed in respect to assassination; we are still gripped to see how Vikram Singh makes his moves to get closer and closer towards his mission. And just before the last plunge, the ex-PM is assassinated.
Madras Cafe ends with thoughts in your head plunging in directions where never a bollywood movie might have taken it, over a nicely timed background song. It seamed right when the following lines echoed around me on the near-end of the movie.
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;
Excellent editing by Chandrashekhar Prajapati and perfectly directed by Shoojit Sircar made madras cafe a delight to watch and treat for audience. John was a delight to watch, and did justice to his part.
No matter with what mood you enter into the audi. you leave in a solace with facts on big screen about the 27 years of Tamilian struggle in Sri Lankan land.
I really don’t want to point out any lows in Madras Cafe, because it takes a Sircar for making such a triller on epitomes of serious political unrest.
Ending the talk with a rating of 4 on a scale of 5. It is a must watch for everyone.