Madras Cafe's Backdrop Is The Sri Lankan Civil War - Shoojit Sircar

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"It was challenging, definitely. The issue was recreating the war, not so much the place and transport the audience into that milieu and that environment. They had to feel the danger, the vulnerability and what the people were feeling. That was the crucial part. We knew we couldn't shoot this in Sri Lanka, so we shot most of it in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and converted it into a war zone. The second part of the film is based in India, which is the politics part."
"Absolutely. I am a conscious citizen of this country and a conscious filmmaker and I made a film about Kashmir, and what the Kashmiri youth feels (Yahaan) and here also, this is an issue of another country's homeland. I have to be very unbiased in terms of what I say. It is a very thin line. I am absolutely on the edge. I cannot be on the right or the left. That's why this film took so long. I should not be under any commercial pressure to do anything which is not conscious. You have to be very ver

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