After a successful 'Vicky Donor', John Abraham and Shoojit Sircar offer gripping 'Madras Cafe'.
We have been told that films, however mediocre or substandard they are, sell on a single hit song. But we want to present a credible side to Indian cinema, and the intention towards that is honest
— John Abraham, actor/producer
Madras Cafe is a complete U-turn from the kind of films I have made in the past — Yahaan and Vicky Donor. For me, the latter, too, was a sensitive subject, even if people saw it otherwise
— Shoojit Sircar, director
Shoojit, why did you choose the subject of LTTE? It is a complex subject and very different from your earlier works.
Shoojit Sircar: Madras Cafe is a complete U-turn from the kind of films I have made in the past —Yahaan and Vicky Donor. For me, the latter, too, was a very sensitive subject, even if people saw it otherwise. I guess these subjects attract me and somewhere down the line they also affect me. That is why I’ve made a film like Madras Cafe, which is a journey of a soldier named Vikram Singh (played by John Abraham), who’s been appointed by the RAW (Research and Analysis Wing) to conduct a covert operation in the backdrop of a civil war. And when he goes there, he gets entangled in this whole political turmoil where there is peace force, the Sri Lankan Army and rebel groups. It is a challenging subject and a test for my own self. It’s a new genre of film that I am trying. People have never seen, neither have I ever tried to make a film on a real civil war. We have seen war films in the past, but civil wars are so different. Also we have seen James Bondish kind of films, but we haven’t seen real action spy thriller, which is what this film deals with — it tackles an assassination plot.
John, this year has been good for you with a lot of appreciation for your role in Shootout At Wadala. What are you expecting from Madras Cafe, considering it is a new genre and a risky venture?
John Abraham: Films are like cricket. People always forget your last performance and they always remember your current release. Madras Cafe is a completely different film. It was very tough to make something that is very different