Directed by Shoojit Sircar, who also helmed John's production debut 'Vicky Donor', the movie is said to be a gritty thriller.
"This would define what I stand for in terms of cinema. I want films that I produce to have credible content and 'Madras Cafe' is that film," John tweeted on Thursday.
The movie also features Nargis Fakhri.
Its first look features John in a rugged look, with a revolver in his hand. Nargis also sports an intense look in the poster.