To encourage good and meaningful cinema, India’s Oscar entry ‘Newton’ to get Rs 1 crore grant from Centre, making it the first film to receive such a grant.
Rajkummar Rao’s Newton will be India’s official entry for Oscars 2018. The 14-member jury watched 26 entries in different languages (Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Malayalam, Tamil) to select the Oscar entry. Telugu films, Bahubali 2: The Conclusion and Gautamiputra Satakarni were among the entries.
When asked why the jury selected “Newton”, jury chairman C V Reddy said the film had a good subject and was high on technical values. “It was an unanimous decision,” he said on the selection of the film.
“Newton” is directed by Amit V Masurkar and is produced by Drishyam films.
Newton Movie Review: An intelligent, political satire
NEWTON is an intelligent, political satire with powerful performances. But it’s a niche film, so those looking for total entertainment may not like it. However, if you’re looking for intelligent cinema, head to your nearest theatre.
Rajkummar Rao’s Newton released along side Shraddha Kapoor’s Haseena Parkar and Sanjay Dutt’s Bhoomi, but its Newton that is walking away with all the glory. The movie is getting rave reviews from all quarters.
Newton is a brilliant film, a dark comedy on a topic that has rarely been touched in Indian cinema. Newton sweeps nothing under the carpet, but it does not engage in muck-raking either. It takes jibes at India’s electoral system, bureaucracy and law and order machinery, but in a gentle manner. It is highly entertaining and at the same time illuminating, a rare feat in Indian cinema.
Newton (Nutan) Kumar, a young government clerk, is sent on election duty to a naxal-controlled town in Chhattisgarh, India. Faced with the apathy of security forces and the constant fear of attacks by communist rebels, Newton tries his best to conduct free and fair voting, despite the odds being stacked against him.
Newton Release Date: Sep 22, 2017 ( India)
Director: Amit V Masurkar. Producer: Manish Mundra
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav
Run Time: 2 hours and 15 Minutes
More Newton movie reviews.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By:Neil Site:Times Of India
‘Newton’ jumps over that divide and runs off with a brilliantly acted, impeccably written, lovingly shot, humorous, yet poignant film that Indian audiences didn’t ask for, but need.’Newton’ has dared to take on an issue that our vast majority turns a blind eye to, and slaps us out of our blissful ignorance. Amidst laughing, it’ll leave you thinking, which – and we need to be reminded of this – is what good cinema should do. Both your funny bone and your grey cells will thank you for watching it..
Ratings:3.5/5 Review By:Raja Sen Site:NDTV
This is also symptomatic of Newton itself, a film that, while striving to be admirably dry, proves at times to be achingly dull. The film’s go-nowhere pace seems to be a conscious decision but its highest, most telling moments come through scintillating lines of dialogue (take a bow, Mayank Tewari) and actorly flourishes from a great ensemble. The rest of the film feels like it wants to appear slow in order to be taken seriously, which would be less of a problem if it had enough to say instead of just holding up a mirror.
Ratings:4/5 Review By:Shubhra Site:Indian Express
It’s rare that an Indian film uses dark comedy to make its points so effectively: in ‘Newton’ we go from smiling to laughing outright even at its grimmest, because the film is light on its feet, and the tone is consistent right through. ‘Newton’ is a film to celebrate because it shows without telling, laying out the layers without descending into shrillness or facile solutions.
Ratings:4/5 Review By:Rohit Site:Hindustan Times
Newton is one of the finest political satires we have seen in the last couple of years. It refrains from taking sides and offers a humorous take on state versus the Maoists bloody battle. It raises questions on the importance of the electoral system we are so proud of. It takes us much beyond what we see. The team of Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghuvir Yadav and Anjali Patil has come up with a top-notch performance. It’s a world waiting to be explored, so better do it now.