John Abraham: ‘Madras Café’ is not controversial

Updated 22 August 2013
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John Abraham: ‘Madras Café’ is not controversial

Indian film actor John Abraham’s newest political thriller “Madras Café” is mired in controversies even before its release on Aug. 23. The actor, however, says a lot of brainstorming went into the making of the movie and that he is happy with the result.
Abraham doesn’t think “Madras Café” is controversial because “this story is thoroughly researched from authentic sources. It cannot hurt the sentiments of Sri Lanka or Tamil Nadu, or in fact of anyone who sees the film. It is surely inspired by true events but it doesn’t mean it should be banned or face controversies.”
“Madras Café is close to my heart. It is a tense political thriller against the backdrop of the Sri Lankan civil war of the 1980’s. July 2013 marked the 30 year anniversary of the conflict, which finally ended in 2009 with the military defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Madras Café provides a timely reminder of the gruesome conflict that claimed thousands of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim lives and left millions of people displaced and desolate. The war’s impact was felt across the world with both Eastern and Western nations involved in the negotiations for a resolution,” said Abraham.
The actor plays the role of Captain Vikram Singh, a successful Para Military Officer recruited by the RAW’s (India’s external security agency) Indian head Robin Dutt (RD) — with the mandate to execute certain covert intelligence operations in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and conduct peaceful provincial council elections.
Abraham said actress Nargis plays a bold role in the movie. “She is a journalist named Jaya. Vikram and Jaya together go about finding the truth amongst a complex web of lies and deceit, and begin telling the world their incredible story,” he said.
Commenting on remarks likening his look in the movie to Tom Hank’s look in “Cast Away,” he said: “Deciding on my look for the movie was quite challenging. It took lot of brain storming and we finalized this messy look, which apparently you think is inspired by Tom, but actually it’s not.”
Asked if the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa secretly financed Madras Café, the actor said: “This is a false statement. Viacom 18 is the official producer of Madras Café.”


Egypt hit by a deluge of rain, making rivers out of roads

Updated 13 min 17 sec ago
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Egypt hit by a deluge of rain, making rivers out of roads

  • Egypt's current deluge of rain is in stark contrast to the previous warmer weather
  • Streets, homes and even a popular shopping mall have been overwhelmed by the wet weather

CAIRO: Heavy rain has left parts of Egypt impassable after the deluge of water flooded streets and damaged property on Tuesday, and the poor weather conditions were expected to continue through the week.

The cold unstable windy conditions hit the north of the country, across Cairo, North Sinai and the upper Egyptian governorates, turning roads into rivers.

The current poor weather conditions follow warmer spells, but head of Egypt’s Meteorological Authority Ahmed Abdel-Aal told local papers the change in conditions was not unusual.

“This is natural change amid a transitional period in the spring season, which undergoes rapid and sharp changes in temperatures,” he said. 

Of course, with such dramatic scenes, people have reacted in the only way they know how and captured the floods, leaky ceilings and downpours on their mobile phones and posted the imagery on social media.

Footage includes scenes of water pouring through the ceiling of a mall in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement area. 

Other pictures from the same district showed parked cars almost completely submerged in the flood waters.