Madras Cafe bollywood film is a political spy thriller, set against the backdrop of Sri Lankan Civil War of 1990's. An Indian Intelligence agent is deputed into a war torn coastal island, to conduct covert operations and break a resolute rebel group. He deftly manoeuvres his resources to make significant breakthroughs, amidst a scenario where the enemy has no face and the only counsel is 'Don't get caught.' At various junctures, he meets a charismatic and passionate international journalist who is following her will to reflect the truth behind the civil war. The story unfolds as their quest for the truth reveals a deeper conspiracy, by a faceless enemy, united to seize a common nemesis.