Sri Lankan filmmaker calls Madras cafe a dishonest film

Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage on Tuesday alleged that Madras Cafe was not an honest movie. Madras Cafe is produced by John Abraham and also sees the actor play the lead character. The film hit theaters on August 23, 2013.

The filmmakers said, “The problem is (Madras Cafe)… doesn’t touch the characters… It has caricatures… those are not people. To me it’s not an honest film. You cannot make a film when it doesn’t come from the heart,” Vithanage told reporters at the 19th Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) that began here Sunday. “But I know the government was very happy.”

Madras Cafe is a political thriller 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. It is directed by Shoojit Sircar.

“We can’t compete with Bollywood… Sri Lankan films are taking a beating from Bollywood…” Citing an example, he said the Hrithik Roshan starrer Krrish 3 was now running in several cinemas in Sri Lanka. “The big budget Bollywood films and blockbusters are really popular in Sri Lanka.”

He also went on to compare the actors of both the countries, saying his country actors are not very versatile and professional compared to India.

He further added, “In Sri Lanka, even simple technologies are not available. We can’t send our films to international film fests because of the standards you have here.”

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