Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil Director: Amit Masurkar India release date: Sep 22, 2017 Genre: Comedy, drama Language: Hindi Duration: 1 hour, 46 mins
Breaking news—Newton declared India’s official entry for the Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film
A common factor stands out in the list of films nominated for the Oscar for the Best Foreign Language Film in the last 60 years: they are strong personal films and didn’t usually do good business till their nomination was declared. The other jury members and I felt that Newton, a technically sleek film with a strong topic of democracy and its election process will appeal to the Oscar members. The other top contenders, Mukti Bhavan and Dangal, too were very much appreciated for their honesty.
“Newton, like so many of us, is an outsider in his own country. He, at best, can be a saviour. But a more important question, almost always hanging in the air, is: do the people of the village even want to be saved?… It looks less like an election and more like a lottery. The line separating democracy and farce is both slender and shrinking, and the end result, flitting between absurd and poignant, not altogether unexpected.”