Mostly, the announcement of India’s official entry to Oscar nominations becomes a major disagreement, but not this year; because this year, Rajkummar Rao’s black comedy film centred around Indian politics has been nominated. This can be called as victory of real cinema.
Released on Friday, Rajkummar Rao’s film – Newton soon became the most reviewed film of the year, thanks to its black comedy theme centring the truth of Indian politics; a rather incisive, politically written movie of truth. Newton’s storyline revolves around a truthful election officer on duty in a Maoist conflict remote zone in central India and the struggle faced by genuine officers and common man – when it comes to choice of voting. With outstanding performance from Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi, the film was poured with praises from even the hard-critics.
As a pleasing surprise, it has been announced that Newton, made on a budget of approximately Rs9 crore, will be India’s entry in the foreign language category at the 90th Academy Awards, to be held on 4 March 2018. The movie was unanimously chosen from 26 entries for this year by a 14-member selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C.V. Reddy, on Friday. The Oscar selection is bound to help Newton at the box-office by fanning interest among viewers.
In the movie, Rao plays Newton Kumar who is given the task of overseeing elections in a village in Chhattisgarh where the threat of Naxalism looms large. The fantastic screenplay by Masurkar and Mayank Tiwari brings out the beauty and challenges of operating in a democracy like ours. The film is a reflection of our times and makes us introspect. It has released today to rave reviews. It is one of the best-made satires in Bollywood, especially because it is based on political dark humour genre, which is almost dying in Indian cinema. Newton is in fact, a must-watch if you crave for a watch-worthy film.