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Slow start: Madras Cafe collects Rs 5.17 crore on day one

  • Madras Cafe

    John Abraham and Nargis Fakhri star in Shoojit Sircaar's Madras Cafe. The film journeys with John (Indian intelligence agent ) into a war torn coastal ...

  • John Abraham

    Shoojit Sircaar has directed John Abraham-starrer Madras Cafe.

  • John Abraham, Madras Cafe

    John Abraham in Shoojit Sircaar's Madras Cafe.

  • John Abraham, Madras Café

    John Abraham plays an Indian intelligence agent in Madras Café.

  • Nargis Fakhri

    Nargis Fakhri in a still from Madras Cafe.

  • John Abraham

    John Abraham in a still from Madras Cafe.

Despite rave reviews and great word of mouth, John Abraham-starrer Madras Cafe began on a slow note on Friday, earning Rs 5.17 crore at the box office.

The great word of mouth for this Shoojit Sircar's venture set the collections soaring at the ticket windows on Saturday. Early estimates suggest Saturday figures may cross Rs 7 crore - a good pick up.

The film, co-produced by John, who is also playing the lead in it, came under the scanner after Tamil activists alleged that it portrays the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres as terrorists.

After attending a special preview of the Shoojit Sircar-directed film Sunday, the objection against the film by the groups grew stronger. Tamil filmmaker Seeman, head of Naam Tamizhar (We Tamils) group, said the film was "nauseatingly anti-Tamil".

In a related development, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Tamil Nadu unit chief Pon Radhakrishnan said the movie should not be released in any part of the country.



Also featuring Nargis Fakhri, Rashi Khanna, Ajay Rathnam and Leena Maria Paul, Madras Cafe is a fictional story inspired by true events. It is set against the Sri Lankan civil war and also depicts the 1991 assassination of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

(With inputs from IANS, Figures: Taran Adarsh)

 

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