Posters – Madras Cafe vs Ceylon

Posted: July 10, 2013 by moifightclub in bollywood, film, first look, News, Posters
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Two films. Set in the backdrop of war-torn Sri Lanka. Both have Sri Lanka map in their posters. But such drastic results. Take a look. And let us know  which one works for you.

Madras Cafe is directed by Shoojit Sircar and Ceylon is by Santosh Sivan.

Madras CafeCeylon

  1. aj says:

    Ceylon’s poster looks so much better. Madras Cafe’s poster looks like a part of “Ek Tha Tiger” franchise (if there was any).

  2. PS says:


  3. AB says:

    I choose the Ceylon one. Loved the concept. Though the Madras Cafe one is very interesting though slightly overdone and very conventional.

    P.S.: Are minimal posters mainstream now!?

  4. Rahul says:

    Ceylon wins hands down!

  5. Rahul says:

    Just a question to Shoojit Sircar; Why would you cast Nargis Fakhri, why?? Wasn’t Rockstar a good enough example!

  6. Ceylon!The minimal design eclipses the oh-so-in-your-face poster of Madras Cafe.

  7. scripicture says:

    dafuq! its ceylon

  8. Suresh says:

    ‘Madras Cafe’ is mainstream, tells me what to expect, the tone, the actors, basically I can make up my mind if I want to see it or not.
    ‘Ceylon’ though minimal and aesthetic tells me nothing.

  9. Ajay Purohit says:

    While ‘Madras Cafe’ is #BoldAndFilmi , ‘Cylone’ is #SubtleAndArtistic !

  10. shivani says:

    Ceylon… only bcos the madras cafe has Nargis… what was the director thinking…

  11. Apoorv says:

    No need to tell how different is the sensitivity of one SS from the other SS.

    With due resepect, Vicky Donor maker Sir, your film was not funny at all, because it lacked that very thing – sensitivity.

    • Orb says:

      It would be interesting to know what “sensitivity” you are referring to! The director and his team had the option of making a crass boy comedy like “Pyaar Ka Punchanama”…they made Vicky Donor and managed to make a large majority talk about the subject in a not-so-hushed tone!

      • Apoorv says:

        Thanks but I haven’t watched ‘Pyar Ka Punchnama’ so can’t comment on it. Though I have watched Charulata and the scene where Charu sees the wife of her gardener/watchman with her child made me feel what childlessness means to a woman without uttering a single word. That’s what I call sensitivity. The stories of displacement and killings of Tamils in Sri Lanka is not an issue to be dealt with smartness but it needs sensitivity. Show the posters of Ceylon and Madras Cafe to someone who has been through the war in Sri Lanka and see which one of them touches that person’s soul. Sorry, but I really feel sorry for those who enjoyed watching VD. Though I must add that it had the best portrayal of Bong-Punjabi connection. That bit was funny, really funny 🙂

        • Orb says:

          The posters pretty much tell you what they want to tell you…Madras Cafe is about a spy…ceylon looks at the war. They don’t have to deal with the pain of the sri-lankan war…

          You seem to have mistaken tears for relevance….not everything that brings you down to tears is sensitive, and hence, good! (This has nothing to do with Charulata) Vicky Donor’s purpose was absolutely clear…let people talk about “sperm donation” without having to move to their bedrooms to do it. I believe it has achieved more than that and with enough sensitivity to make sure it is not reduced to being a joke.

          • Apoorv says:

            Sir I totally agree with you on why the posters were designed differently. I do wish that Vicky Donor maker sir achieves his goal and reaches his target audience. May his film be a hit, gets praised by all, win awards. But he himself is a Ray admirer and he definitely understands the difference between being funny and being mean. It would be interesting to know if Sudhir Mishra, Shabana Azami and Rituparno Ghosh have said anything about VD.

  12. @Rohwit says:

    Madras cafe, music by shantanu moitra…hmmm

  13. tusharaamin says:

    different objectives, different audiences. each serves its purpose. apples and oranges…

  14. Popeye says:

    The curious case of Nargis Fakri. why was she cast in rockstar in the first place? I demand to know. WHY?

  15. assman says:

    Thumbs up for MC.
    will it be like Blood Diamond.

    • assman says:

      BTW its great that Bollywood is acknowledging the existence of Sri Lanka. Its kinda funny is a way.

  16. Saif says:

    Saw the trailer for MC. For those wondering about Fakhri, shes playing a foreign correspondent which kinda explains her presence.

  17. Gita says:

    Regarding Madras Cafe poster, sometimes no matter how good the poster designer is, if the director and team want a commercial masala poster, then that is what is delivered.

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