Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar says the real star of his upcoming film, Madras Cafe, is its content, not actor John Abraham who plays the lead in the spy-thriller. “I am content with the way my film has shaped up. I consider the script as my star. In this film also, John is not the star, it is the story. Only Salman Khan’s films do not follow this funda,” says Shoojit.
John, who plays a RAW agent in the movie, has also produced the flick with Shoojit. It is their second outing together after the success of Vicky Donor. “John and I are going like a team with our every film. We are trying to create an environment where content of the film becomes a star at the end. Our films should purely be content driven. In Madras Cafe, I transformed John into a normal looking guy,” says Shoojit.
The film, slated to release on August 23, is being compared with Oscar-winning Hollywood film Argo, which narrates the role of CIA during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. It has also drawn comparisons from Hollywood movies like Body of Lies and the James Bond series, but Shoojit denies it.
“My film is about a RAW agent. It talks about how an intelligence officer works in sensitive situations. The look of the film is similar to any spy thriller, but we can’t say it’s a James Bond film or Argo. It is not about daredevil stunts. It’s a simple film on how these secret operations work,” he says. “I don’t have any formula of making films. I did complete research on these issues,” he adds.