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By becoming India’s official entry to the Oscars, Newton has sealed its significance as a story and film. Newton won the International Federation of Art Cinemas award at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year. And for those who doubt its credentials for the Oscars – as Anurag Kashyap said – the panel at Berlinale watch more films in year than the rest of us watch in a lifetime!
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A reserve election officer takes initiative to become the presiding officer in the conflict-borne and war-torn village of Chhatisgarh – a small constituency in central India. While the Maoists (naxals) try to threaten the election with force, the police believe that the election is a farce in itself. Caught in the crossfire are the poor local tribals, who want freedom and relief from both. It is now up to the presiding officer Nutan Kumar aka Newton to try and make amends. He takes it upon himself to get the locals to the polling booth. The narrative of Newton runs deep into our constitution. It reiterates everyman’s right to vote and the pivotal importance it holds in our system. To inflict any change from the government, we have to be part of that change. Such is the strength of our constitution and democracy. The film is a powerful reminder of the same. It is told through cinema, coupled with some extraordinary characters and actors. Leading the art-pack is National award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao as Newton and Pankaj Tripathi as the commanding police officer/frenemy Atma Singh. Anjali Patil plays the brave local woman Malko who volunteers to be part of the election commission and a delightful Raghubir Yadav essays the older yet junior election officer Loknath.
Directed by Amit Masurkar, Newton is a political satire film told differently. It is infused with lots of humour and irony. And its unique portrayal of the Indian ‘infrastructure’ and society has struck a strong chord with audiences far and beyond. In some way or form, everybody can relate to it. One must remember that the power of democracy runs deep into the woods. Newton is simply an artistic reflection of that!
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped
Director – Amit Masurkar
Cast – Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav, Anjali Patil