Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' India's official entry to Oscars 2018

Rajkummar Rao's 'Newton' India's official entry to Oscars 2018

Directed by Amit V Masurkar, the film is drama about Newton Kumar, a government clerk is sent on election duty to a naxal-controlled town in Chhattisgarh. It was shot in the interiors of Chhatisgarh.

Masurkar feels honored that a story rooted in the country's political system was chosen.

While India has bagged three Academy Award nominations in the foreign-language category over the years - starting with 1957's Mother India, followed by 1989's Salaam Bombay and 2002's Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - the country has yet to win an Oscar.

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.

Mumbai: The announcement of India's official entry to the Oscars usually results in a blizzard of critical disagreement. It's still to sink in.

Masurkar said, "It's a great honour for us to represent India at the Oscars".

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Newton has made rounds of close to 50 prominent film festivals across the world. 2017 has been an exciting year for the actor whose every film got critical appreciation and not just box-office success.Trapped, Raabta, Behan Hogi Teri, Bareilly Ki Barfi and now Newton too. If I like a particular character or story, I usually say yes to the film.

Lipstick under My Burkha- The film has garnered universal acclaim both from the critics as well as the audiences alike. With past selections like The Good Road and Liar's Dice, there was always a voice of dissent. The film could have been India's official entry. "'Newton' is a film which will reflect real India and it is not at all a biased project".

Pankaj Tripathi also that he is happy with the news.

Aanand L Rai of Colour Yellow Productions said, "Good films need to reach the audience".

"'Newton" is India's entry to the Oscars. The committee was headed by Telugu producer CV Reddy, the first member from the Telugu film industry to occupy the position."Newton was chosen unanimously by the committee out of 26 entries", Reddy said.

Produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, Newton premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February this year, where it won the CICAE award for Best Film in the Forum section.

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