Madras Cafe is a 2013 Indian political espionage thriller film directed byShoojit Sircar and starring John Abraham, Nargis Fakhri and Rashi Khanna in lead roles. The film is set in the late 1980s and early ’90s, during the time of Indian intervention in the Sri Lankan civil war and assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Madras Cafe was released on August 23, 2013. Box Office India stated the film did average business. The technically brilliant film won the National Film Award for Best Audiography for Nihar Ranjan Samal (location sound recording) and Bishwadeep Chatterjee (sound design) at the 61st National Film Awards.
As per John Abraham, “Madras Cafe brings us closer to what changed the political history of India.” The film, set in India and Sri Lanka, is a political spy thriller with the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war. Major Vikram Singh (John Abraham) is an Indian Army special officer who is appointed by the intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing to head covert operations inJaffna shortly after Indian peace-keeping force was forced to withdraw. As he journeys to Sri Lanka with the intention of disrupting the LTTE rebels, he becomes entangled in rebel and military politics. There he meets a British journalist Jaya Sahni (Nargis Fakhri) who wants to reveal the truth about the civil war, and in the process he uncovers a conspiracy to assassinate “a former Indian prime minister”, Rajiv Gandhi, through the use of plastic explosives. Although Vikram tries, at 10:10 PM, a LTTE suicide bomber kills Gandhi while bowing down to put a wreath on his neck.