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Madras Cafe Review: Dark, Deep And Exemplary Storytelling

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By Ankush Kumar

Cast: John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri, and Raashi Khanna.

Introduction: Coffee apart, this one filters bullshit as well and presents an engaging political thriller; get off the train baby and head right into ‘Madras Cafe’.

Premise: This is a story about a hero who fails to save the Prime minister. It’s built around the incidents leading upto the assassination of the Prime minister.

Plot: ‘Madras Cafe’ is a dark, deep and exemplary film about the politics of separatism. If you have a penchant for history and know a little about the LTTE struggle, the connect will be instant. For the naive, it still is an engaging entertainer. Even though no names are taken its quite obvious that the story is about Prabhakaran, LTTE and the killing of Rajiv Gandhi.

Technical Insight: The cinematography by Kamaljeet Negi captures the right tones throughout, the music is unconventional but has a double play value, the editing and sound designs is the stand out aspect of the film. But what puts a cherry on the top is the direction of Shoojit Sircar.

Acting: John Abraham plays a RAW agent, and for a change looks and behaves like one. Nargis Fakhri essays the role of a war correspondent and does it brilliantly. Raashi Khanna is promising but the stand out one is is Prakash Belawade as John associate who takes home the honors.

Kela moment: Jaya speaking in English and Vikram answering in Hindi.

Citizen Kane moment: The climax of the movie.

Brownie points: 4 out of 5.

Lootera Review: Good Story And Solid Performances

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By Ankush Kumar

On the outset Lootera is a ‘flawed gem filled with glorious emotions’. A story set in the 1950’s; Vikram Motwane has put his writing skills to good effect by tactfully incorporating O Henry’s short story ‘The last leaf’.

A zamindar father dotes on his asthamic daughter, aloof of the immediate threat of his property being confiscated by the government. Enter a suave charmer and the inevitable happens. Cupid strikes.

Ranveer & Sonakshi make an odd pair, but it’s the uneven edges in their chemistry that makes them so loveable. The journey of being in love; nursing heartbreak and reinventing love all over again in a span of one year makes the plot of this romantic thriller.

Performance wise the workshops created by the director is visible in the acting of the lead protagonists. The character actors ably support the flow of the movie.

What is breathtaking though is the cinematography and art designing of the film. The portrayal of vintage cars, opulent havelis and mesmerizing visuals of Dalhousie makes the film worthy of praise. The lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya, soulful music by Amit Trivedi makes you feel as if you are watching ‘Poetry in motion’. Vikramaditya Motwane has moved a notch higher after his first outing as a director. Lootera is a near perfect film that will have an after effect for days to come.

P.S: If technology drives you, snazzy camerawork is staple diet for you, then you are reading the wrong review. For all others enjoy the weekend. Lootera will make it special.

Rating: 3.5/5

Lootera (2013) Movie First Look Poster