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A Masterpiece
Aug 22, 2013 04:56 PM 1957 Views
(Updated Aug 23, 2013 02:16 PM)





“A must watch” and a “must recommend” movie of 2013. A very well directed movie that keeps you rooted to your seat and demands all your attention right from the start.  It did remind me of movies like “Platoon” and “No Man's Land” that won the Oscars and “Madras Café” fits the bill. The movie is straightforward and does not waste your time anywhere.

It captures the incidents and developments that lead to the assassination of Indian Ex-Prime Minister. As for the name - “Madras Café” is the restaurant where the conspiracy was hatched. John Abraham plays the RAW agent while his wife is all the time under the impression that he works for the Army.  He is assigned with a task to negotiate a peace deal between the Lankan Tigers and the Lankan Government by laying down of arms so political elections could take place in that area.

The Tigers feel that if they accept the disarmament proposal, it will lead to their downfall as they fear elimination by the Lankan troops once the Indian Peace Keeping Force leave the island, hence reject the proposal.  While there are foreign subversive arms dealers elsewhere who are looking for a port as a safe haven in South Asia to distribute illegal arms, see it as an opportunity in Jaffna and decide to help the Tigers.

Since the political outcome in India would affect this plan, they decide to eliminate the Ex-Prime Minister of India who is seen as a threat if he came back to power. It shows how a few black sheep in the Agencies assist in this plan and how inspite of all the intelligence available with RAW through intercepts of communication, they fail to avoid the fateful event. John was perfect in his role.

Nargis too justified her role as a journalist. Rashi Khanna was best in her role as John Abraham’s wife.  All actors deserve praise for the characters played without any flaw and kudos to Shoojit Sircar for the awesome direction. The movie does highlight the wants and desires of foolish leaders who want to rule or gain control over territories without any regard to human lives nor thinking of a sustainable future.

There are scenes that will emotionally move you, especially if you have been a witness to similar circumstances or if you have lost a loved one to these unnecessary & brainless killings. The brief scenes between John and his wife Rashi do remind us of the difficulties the families of service personnel go through.  It will also prompt you to admire the Army personnel who are posted in war zones / borders and who carry out their duties loyally so that the entire country can sleep in peace.

The movie is successful in touching the reality. While movies like Dabang 2, Race 2, Chennai Express, etc. can cross Rs.100 Crores and if “Madras Café” does not, then it is very clear that the mindset of the second largest populated country in the world is addicted to glamour and senseless entertainment that takes you away from reality. Tamil Nadu should have no reason to ban the film.

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