22 September, Mumbai
‘Newton’, a depiction of elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, was chosen as India’s official entry at Oscars 2018, it was announced today.
Starring Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil, the Hindi movie tells the story of a polling officer, Newton Kumar, whose mission is to conduct free and fair elections in the naxalite-controlled forests of Chhattisgarh.The unanimous choice of the selection committee of Film Federation of India, which was headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy, ‘Newton,’ was chosen from 26 entries, FFI secretary general Supran Sen said.
Amit Masurkar, the director of the film, said it was a double celebration for the team.”We are overjoyed. The fact that the film released today doubles the happiness. We hope that people will now really head to the cinema halls to watch the film.”‘Newton’ was Masurkar’s second directorial venture after the 2014 indie ‘Sulemani Keeda.’
Incidentally, the selection of ‘Newton’ as India’s entry to the Oscars came on a day when the film premiered in 350 cinema halls all over India.Bollywood hailed the choice.Filmmakers Karan Johar and Hansal Mehta and superstar Akshay Kumar were among those who congratulated the lead actor Rajkumar Rao , producer Anand L Rai and the team of the film on the film’s selection as the entry for the Oscars in the Best foreign film category.Karan Johar said,”Huge Congratulations Raj!!!”Hansal Mehta, whose films ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Citylights’ featured Rakummar Rao in the lead roles, described ‘Newton’ as the best choice made from India in recent years.
”Newton is India’s entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation,”Mehta said in a tweet.Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar also welcomed the decision.Akshay said,”Newton as India’s official entry to the Oscars!Congratulations aanand l rai and Rajkumar Rao and their team. I can imagine the joy you all must be feeling.”Earlier, Superstar Amitabh Bachchan also lauded the film for its cinematic brilliance.”Saw the film ‘NEWTON’ .. its stark reality was a treat to watch ! An eye opener .. on many aspects ..,” the Big B said.