Movie Review: Madras Cafe

Madras Cafe, a real political thriller! It is one of those movies, in which you have to use your brain. You can’t put your mind aside like other bollywood movies. Madras Cafe is a new hope for rising Indian Cinema. Director Shoojit Sircar has really done homework. One can’t find any mistakes in the movie. Direction is brilliant. Background score of the movie is superb. Plot of the movie is unpredictable. Script will hold you till the last second of the movie. John Abraham as Vikram is brilliant. And so is Nargis Fakhri as Jaya a news reporter, who has not used a single word of Hindi in whole movie. All actors have done justice to their roles. Performance is impressive. I was thinking John is not suitable for this role, but at the end, i can say he is absolutely brilliant in his role.

First half is a bit confusing as there are so many characters one has to remember. But second half is written, directed and performed brilliantly. You’ll blink once and you’ll miss something good in the movie. The one scene with the human bomb explosion at X-PM rally is directed and performed excellently.


Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is an Indian Army special officer who is appointed by the intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing to conduct covert operations in Sri Lanka shortly after Indian Peace Keeping Force was forced to withdraw. As he journeys to Sri Lanka, with the intention of disrupting a rebel group, he discovers the larger issue. There he meets a British journalist (Jaya) who wants to reveal the truth about the civil war, and in the process he uncovers a conspiracy.

Plus Points

Madras Cafe is not like other bollywood movies. Although there is a male and a female lead in the movie, there is no love story, which is a plus point according to me. There are no songs in the movie to disturb the flow of the movie which is a plus point.

Minus Point

A bit confusing first half. It could have been simpler. That’s it.


Brilliant direction, script and performance. Director has done homework. It will hold you till the last second of the movie! It’s highly recommended movie from If you don’t like Khoon Kharaaba, you should watch this movie after 10 minutes of starting. It’s one of the finest bollywood thriller. Go for it.