'Newton' puts end to India's long dry spell at Oscar

In Newton, Rajkummar Rao is seen playing the central character of Newton who is a government clerk and a man of principles.

Newton, produced by Manish Mundra, had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it even won an award. The other film has also won worldwide awards.

The FFI selection committee that chose the film was headed by Telugu producer CV Reddy.

When NDTV approached the film's director, Amit Masurkar, he stated that he was aware of the existence of an Iranian film with a similar plot line. As per sources, the leakers had released a low-quality print earlier, but they soon replaced it once the best print of the film was available to them. With this, the film has taken an unprecedented 162.50% jump over Friday collections of Rs. 0.96 crore.

Rajkummar Rao and Naseeruddin Shah are considered as giants of alternative and content driven cinema in India and people are referring Rajkummar as new age Naseeruddin Shah, reacting to that comparison, Rajkummar said, "It's a great compliment".

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In a statement given to media, Rajkumar Rao mentioned that Newton is a very honest film and the Indian audiences are liking the movie very much.

How is team "Newton" planning its Oscar journey considering Indian films never make it beyond the entry gate?

In "Newton", the eponymous protagonist faces the threat of Maoist rebels and indifferent officials as he helps conduct elections in a remote jungle in Chhattisgarh.

The film has now collected Rs. 3.48 crore already and brought it into a zone where it can emerge as a good success.

Expressing his happiness, Anurag Kashyap tweeted and wrote: "That day when you wake up to the news that a deserving film makes a deserving box office". (2012), The Good Road (2013), Liar's Dice (2014), Court (2015), and Interrogation (2016).

  • Michelle Webb