Shoojit Sircar Q&A
1. Madras Café is an interesting title. How did you decide on this name?
Madras cafes are very famous all over the world, be it Tokyo, New York or London. The main turning point and the plotting takes place in the café. Hence, this place is of prime importance. That’s how we decided the name.
2. What inspired you to make a political thriller?
Since my childhood, I have always been around Tamil friends. I am a sensitive person and whatever happens around me, affects me a lot. Therefore, I wanted to touch the topic of politics in our country and showcase how it has affected our country throughout.
3.The idea of civil war is quite heavy. How did you manage to shoot it?
Shooting a war scene gets quite challenging. The plan was to shoot in Sri Lanka, but had we shot there, we wouldn’t have done justice to the scenes. So we decided to shoot in our territory – India, mainly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
4.How was your experience with John Abraham again, after Vicky Donor?
John is a very creative and wise person. He doesn’t interfere but at the same time, is able to give suggestions in a very righteous way. I appreciate his approach towards work.
5 What are your thoughts about Nargis?
Nargis is a very strong person who exhibits the required things on screen. It was a pleasure working with her.
6 How do you think the film is shaping up?
So far, it has been a good ride. In fact, I am happy with the way this film has shaped up. This script is the life of the movie.
7. Do you think Madras Café will be at par with your earlier award winning films like Vicky Donor, Yahaan and Shoebite?
I believe in making good films and I will keep doing this. This is my aim. I hope to deliver a good message to the audience, so I am eagerly waiting for its release.
8. Jaffna or Madras Café?
Jaffna was the most loved name for the movie. Since, the main conspiracy starts at the Madras Café, we decided to rename the film as ‘Madras Café’ instead of Jaffna.
9. Is Madras Café a typical action movie?
I would say, it is a different kind of action movie with bikes and cars banging, as it doesn’t happen in real. We have tried to give a real flavour to the film which you shall see once you watch it.
10. Do you like experimenting with the kind of films you make?
All my previous films were of different genres and Madras Café is an entirely new one. I haven’t touched such a topic before. I like to challenge my own abilities; therefore, I am not fearful of touching a new topic every time.