‘Madras Cafe’ – a Bollywood spy thriller based on the civil war that ravaged Northern Sri Lanka is set to be released on August 23. After the commercial success of ‘Vicky Donor’, the actor’s production house JA Entertainment and Rising Sun Films have teamed up once again for ‘Madras Cafe’.
Madras Cafe is a story based on the political relations between India and Sri Lanka and it releases on August 23. The other two big films releasing next month include – ‘Chennai Express’ (on August 8 -Eid) and ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Dobara’ (August 15).
The film had been earlier titled Jaffna and is said to touch upon some sensitive issues. It had been shot in Sri Lanka as well as in Malaysia, Thailand and the South Indian city of Chennai.
There were reports that the film has a reference to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination and also deals with the LTTE’s activities in Sri Lanka.
“The film has no such depictions. The backdrop of the film is India-Sri Lanka and after that the entire story is fictional. It is a realistic film. I’m satisfied with the final cut,” director Shoojit Sircar said.
The film was initially titled as ‘Jaffna’, but the makers finally settled for ‘Madras Cafe’, as it is relevant to the plot of the film. A strategic meeting happens at this place, Shoojit said. The film also stars Nargis Fakhri as a war journalist.
“I am happy to be part of this film. It was great working with John and Shoojit. For my role of a journalist I researched a lot, I saw lot of things online, how they report and work, their body language etc. I got scared to shoot intense scenes,” Nargis said.
John praised Nargis for her work in the film and said she will make everyone proud.