‘Reality Strikes’ Review of MADRAS CAFE


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Madras Cafe (UA) is the story of how and why an ex-prime minister of India was killed by Tamil militants. Although it is heavily inspired by the real-life assassination of erstwhile prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, the names of the characters have been changed to make the story fictional.

I don’t wanna say anything else about the story of the film as it might spoil the excitement of this amazing political thriller.

John Abraham does well but he could’ve used his body language to more advantage. Nargis Fakhri, as the war journalist based out of Britain, gets limited scope. Her dialogues in accented English will greatly restrict her appeal to a thin section of the audience in the big cities only. Siddhartha Basu acts ably as RD. Raashi Khanna is okay as Vikram Singh’s wife, Ruby. Prakash Belawadi shines in the role of Bala. Ajay Ratnam ought to have been far more effective as Anna.

Shoojit Sircar’s narrative style does justice to the script. But it must be added that although the director has succeeded in making a film with a lot of finesse.

This is one of a kind film which comes out of a 100. I’m recommending it high. I’m going with four stars.

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