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Madras Cafe  Rating: 3.5/5

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s Verdict ( CNN IBN – IBNLive)

Solidly directed by Sircar, who steers clear of typical Bollywood machismo and avoids oversimplifying characters or their motives, the film – at a little over two hours – is a compelling watch. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five for Madras Café. Until the climate is more conducive for filmmakers to boldly make real-life stories without fear of controversy or censorship, this may be the best way to approach important stories that must be told.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

Final word? MADRAS CAFE is one of the finest thrillers to come out of India. No two opinions on that! On the whole, MADRAS CAFE is an earnest and honest effort, a terrific thriller, with several poignant moments and episodes that leave a stunning impact. It’s a film that you should watch because it gives you an insight into an exceptionally pertinent episode of history. If you are in the frame of mind to watch superior quality, sensible cinema, I would strongly recommend MADRAS CAFE to you. Try not to miss it!

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Front Row (Hindustan Times)

Watching Madras Cafe is both frustrating and satisfying. The thriller based against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War is, in equal parts, muddled and moving. There are sequences of power and eloquence. And passages in the first half, that had me so confused that I couldn’t figure out who was chasing whom. And yet, Madras Cafe works as an effective portrait of the futility of war. Shoojit and his writers, Shubhendu Bhattacharya and Somnath Dey, ably illustrate why there are no winners here. I’m going with three stars and recommending that you see it.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

Connoisseurs of good cinema will relish what they see on the screen but the large base of mass audience will not really approve of the drama. On the whole, Madras Cafe is a class-appealing film which will do well in the high-end multiplexes of big cities mainly. Its performance in the single-screen cinemas and ordinary multiplexes, frequented by masses, will be below the mark. Given its cost, the film will see those associated with it in the red.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Political, tense, finally explosive, Madras Cafe is no picnic in the neighborhood park. Madras Cafe’s true star is its story which builds up to an agonizing end. It brings to life the Lankan war which many viewers were too young to have known. It highlights India’s ambiguous role, moving sensitively, taking no sides. Its second half grows more fraught and taut, conspiracies and compulsions becoming clearer. Madras Cafe deserves an extra half-star for guts, going for the gunpowder – but with a restrained hand. Note: If you like typical Hindi movie masala, unrealistic action or melodrama, this movie is not for you.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror

Even though the film ever-so-slightly under-delivers, we should be blessed that it got made at all. There is outrage from the strangest nooks of the country over flimsiest of issues in our films, and Abraham and Sircar would’ve been well aware of what they’re embarking on. But this charged political thriller, despite its flaws, is a leap in the right direction – away from that other “Madras”-titled film and its ilk – that deserves our support. If nothing else, it’ll give you an acute insight and a timely reminder of the turmoil our neighbors went through and our country’s confounding contribution to the matter.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff

At its running time of two hours, ten minutes, Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Cafe is a swift, smart and serious study of an inglorious chapter of political history. It doesn’t take names but doesn’t hold back either. Even if it packs in classic stereotypes of this genre and the climax is something we all know and vividly remember, the horridness of it continues to startle.After experiencing back-to-back idiocy on big screen, it’s refreshing to return to the theatres for a film that expects you to be educated, informed and attentive. Give it a chance, Madras Cafe deserves an audience.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

Madras Cafe is a sinewy and riveting espionage thriller that entertains without having to play to the gallery.Madras Cafe stands apart from run-of-the-mill smack-downs because it does not celebrate vacuous militaristic machismo. Madras Cafe is not your average Bollywood thriller. It crackles with genuine energy and is marked by true empathy for humanity. It is an unqualified triumph.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

For the most part, I enjoyed Madras Café.In trying to keep it fast-moving, the film turns choppy and confusing in parts. Also, a few of the characters are a tad comic book-y, matching the ludicrousness of some dialogues. The high-flying journalist helping the hero bit feels contrived. But it is so rare to find a director and producer-cum-lead -actor committed to making films that are willing to deal with real-life events — Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination changed India’s tracks in ways we are still dealing with — and say it in a manner that keeps you fairly engaged, that I’d say Madras Café isn’t half bad, even if it could have been better.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sarita Tanwar Site:DNA

The film bristles with the raw, unnerving textures of a battlefield documentary. What is impressive is the film’s cool restraint. Not once does it attempt to sensationalize, sermonize or take sides. It merely states facts and tackles the subject head-on. Not many would relate/connect to the story. It is a story that is important but no an war that isn’t fresh in international memory, The first half could have been tighter and more engaging.

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Ratings:– Review By: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24By7

This could be a first for any Bollywood director. To successfully abandon over-the-top Bollywood clichés and staple musical sojourns to create an action drama that’s incredibly taut, gritty, thought-provoking, engaging and realistic. And achieving it all, without ever tiring the audience. Madras Café’ rewards us with a story that refuses to bow-down to Bollywood stereotypes and traditional narrative, and remains true to what it promises to capture. Truly a first for Bollywood, and hopefully, not the last.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

 What’s Bad: There is no commercialism, which has been smartly avoided so as to not dilute the subject matter. Watch or Not?: Shoojit Sircar and John Abraham have teamed up again to come up with one of India’s most bold and matured political thrillers! Designed with a deep rooted sense of urgency, the film builds an overwhelming tale around the darkest phase of the Lankan Civil War that marshal to conclude with a rushing end which we are all familiar with. In between the flashbacks and conspiracies, Madras Café is a film with a gritty, convincing and engrossing plot that will revel in its ability to leave you with an uneasy and helpless feeling!

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Aparna Mudi Site:Zee News

Despite small flaws, ‘Madras Cafe’ is a definite step forward for Bollywood, as the genre has not been worked with before. The movie works in various ways depicting human suffering for the lack of political empathy. It also strides ahead in terms of serious drama without the melodrama that Indian audiences are used to. ‘Madras Cafe’ is a must watch for those tired of hackneyed plots and over the top nonsensical dialogues and want more of powerful and impactful cinema on screen.

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  1. just watched madras café at phoenix mall.what a directoral excellence.who says cinemas are only about entertainment ,entertainment and entertainment.it is also about showing realism and that's what madras café does.the determination and courage of the suicide bomber even if it is for a wrong purpose (according to us) amazes u.seriously if u want to see some serious cinema,this one is a must watch.hats off.

    Flawed but undoubtedly the finest political thriller Bollywood has come up with [3.5/5]

    Imagine a war thriller where you already can sense what is going to happen but still it manages to make you question your understandings that either it might not happen this way or if it must, how the proceedings will fit into place. Shoojit Sircar’s MADRAS CAFÉ is one such intriguingly intense, aptly intelligent, flawed but finest political thriller in recent.

    Positioned in the time-zone of mid 80’s & early 90’s, when our neighboring country Sri Lanka was going through its toughest episode of heavily brutal & deeply inhuman civil war, MADRAS CAFÉ digs into the past to expose an untold political conspiracy behind our prime-minister’s assassination. Now the best part is, it is a fictional documentation but wrapped cleverly in a series of historic facts that it looks more promising than any other war-dramas based on real life events. West has been doing it since ages, thanks to their liberal environment of freedom to create but in a country like India where extremist-groups are much more in numbers than the unwanted mushrooms in your backyard in monsoons, coming with such a debatable product needs sheer amount of guts.

    In his first ‘YAHAAN’, Shoojit Sircar has impressed most of us with a textured romance in the backdrop of militancy and army rule in Kashmir. Here the backdrop is set in Jaffna- the point of action for LTF headed by Anna [reference to LTTE chief Prabhakaran] and Indian force working for peace. John Abraham plays Vikram- an R&AW agent on a secret mission to knock down the open-ended territory of Anna. Meanwhile, the traces of treason take the organization and the mission for granted and in order to repair it, with the help of a committed British journalist [played by Nargis Fakhri], Vikram intercepts the covert plot to assassin our prime minister [reference to Mr. Rajiv Gandhi].

    Film’s strongest point is the ‘real people on real locations’ feel, at least for the most of it. Sircar sets a perfect atmospheric war-scene with chilling visuals captured beautifully by Kamaljeet Negi. Also, be ready to witness the most surprising casting in Bollywood ever. Siddhrath Basu as the R&AW chief is the most impressive. There is not a single moment where you doubt his ability to act. Then, there is the ad-man Piyush Pandey as the effortlessly straightforward cabinet secretary and Dibang- the most consistent news anchor on NDTV in the most delightful cameo I have seen in Bollywood.

    Having said that, I won’t deny the fact that MADRAS CAFÉ is far from a flawless effort. Story is impeccably fascinating. Dialogues are as colloquial as it could be. But the narrative and the screenplay have more than one loose end. First part is filled with voice-overs and runs like a bullet train to capture and clear the political picture before setting the premise for the finale ‘pressure cooker situation’ where assassination supposes to end it all. Scenes come with a fade-in/fade-out manner only to give it a disengaged lengthy montage kind of feel. Some of the vital information [the madras café conversation between LTF representative, Indian bureaucrat and foreign beneficiary] is being thrown to you repeatedly without much addition until the very last.

    Despite all this, the 2 hour 10 min of MADRAS CAFÉ is worth all your money spent on tickets and popcorns. This is a flawed but undoubtedly the finest political thriller Bollywood has come up with. The war-scenes and the bone-chilling explosion scene of Indian prime-minister’s assassination in the climax alone will leave you contented. [3.5/5]

  3. Nice review Gaurav….. Now I will plan to Go

  4. John is not a good actor and cannot carry a complete movie on his shoulders. He should come in side roles or just stick to production.

  5. jo lok sirf entertainment ke liye movie dekhte unke liye ye movie nahi hai.

  6. Jo lok sirf entertainment ke liye movie dekhte hai unke liye ye movie nahi hai.

  7. Very Good review Ayush… Fully Agree…
    This is what is called review, which tell both plus & minus points of the film, as you have listed.. keep it up
    Your review is the best… better than all others review

  8. Gaurav u r the real analyst..fucking nailed it..

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