Madras Cafe tells you a lot more about Shoojit Sircar than any of his previous films. Fine detailing and realism is what he opts for
There are directors who prefer to stick to a successful film formula and there are directors who don’t. Rohit Shetty fits perfectly into the former. He follows his fixed formula of unspooling terrific comic drama with jaw-dropping action and is unapologetic about it. And it has worked consistently for him. The record breaking Chennai Express is a classic case where once again after his Golmaal series and Singham the reticent director has proved that a successful formula is king.
Then there is Shoojit Sircar who fits snugly into the latter. Let’s revisit Vicky Donor, which had all of us awestruck by the unassuming Sircar’s smart and heartwarming story of a sperm donor. Rivetting, racy and absolutely hilarious. Before that it was the depiction of a love story set in strife-ridden state of Kashmir in Yahaan. Even though the film is yet to release, who can forgete the images of Amitabh Bachchan as Johnny Mastana an old man walking across the country in a disheveled state. Though one cannot give a verdict on that, it is reportedly amongst one of Bachchan’s finest performances.
Currently, however, many theatres are celebrating Shoojit’s Madras Cafe. Taut and gripping, the terrific drama unravels with ruthless elegance and jolts, thanks to the director’s cinematic craft and emotional take. The political espionage is unquestionably a film that has given this genre a fillip and hopefully one can expect more such compelling dramas from film-makers. Interestingly, the film tells you a lot more about Shoojit than any of his previous films. Fine detailing and realism is what he opts for. Surely a director to watch out for.
Besides the celebration of a small budget cinema and its actors like John Abraham, Prakash Belawadi and Ajay Ratnam, Madras Cafe also contains a number of intriguing elements like the planning of a leader’s assassination. Film-makers can learn from Shoojit’s masterstroke — a fun flick or a suspense drama, you should know how to make it work.