India is not lagging behind in the race of Oscars 2018 as the Amit Masukar’s ‘Newton’ has got the official entry at the Oscars next year. The Film Federation of India has confirmed the nomination in an official statement.
Newton is a Rajkummar Rao’s starrer film is all about free and fair elections in the conflict prone jungles of Chattisgarh. Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil put some light on the story of a polling officer named Newton Kumar, who is dead set on performing free and fair elections in the dispute ridden jungles of Chattisgarh.
The movie is telling the tales of traditional times and represents the idealistic government servant who is seen in war with apathy, lethargy and corruption around him. It is a political black comedy and Amit Masukar’s second feature film.
Newton Kumar, the lead role, whose original name is Nutan Kumar has change its name because of taunts by kids in the school. He is for his country and also try his best to make everyone cast their vote but gets disappointed when voters do no turn up for the election. However, the Maoists in the same region believes election to be just a scam and unite to boycott it. Moreover, the police are also to scared to risk their lives.
Talking about the lead role who won National Award for “Shahid” and is played by Rajkummar Rao, is a character of strong determination and conviction. He, by hook or crook, tries to conduct free and fair elections despite various odds against him.
The film was released on Friday and the decision to choose the movie for Oscars was “cherry on cake”, said actor Rao, further adding “It is a really honest film and we are already getting an overwhelming response. We will put all our energies to take the film forward.”
The film had its world premiere at the 67th Berlin Film Festival. It also won the CICAE award at the Forum section. Now the question arises, why newton has been nominated for the Oscar despite the other Box Office film like Bahubali?
The subject or theme of the movie is somewhat different and gives a feeling of uniqueness. Being complicated it involves the Maoists areas. The focus of the story is not just on the lead actor but it has been divided substantially on all the characters. Moreover, it has earned the global recognition for the subject that they have shown.
Article by Nishant.