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Newton (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama | 22 September 2017 (India)
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A government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

Director:

Amit Masurkar

Writers:

Amit Masurkar (screenplay), Mayank Tewari (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rajkummar Rao ... Newton Kumar
Pankaj Tripathi ... Aatma Singh (as Pankaj Tripathy)
Anjali Patil ... Malko
Raghuvir Yadav ... Loknath
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ishar Ahmed Ishar Ahmed ... S News Camerman
Nahida Ali Nahida Ali ... Lila's Sister In Law
Nisar Ali Nisar Ali ... Lila's Nephew
Nizam Ali Nizam Ali ... Lila's Brother
Vinod B. Vinod B. ... S News Reporter
Jangli Bai Jangli Bai ... Scared Villager
Ragho Bai Ragho Bai ... Questioning Village Woman 2
Vaijanti Bai Vaijanti Bai ... Chicken Cook
Sulekha Begum Sulekha Begum ... Lila's Grandmother
Krishna Singh Bisht Krishna Singh Bisht ... Krishna
Sunil Ramkrishna Borkar Sunil Ramkrishna Borkar ... Kamal Kishore
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Storyline

As India, the world's largest democracy, braces itself for another general election- with 9 million polling booths, more than 800 million voters, and costing nearly $5 billion -- Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: conducting elections in a remote village in the jungles of central India. The bushes teem with Communist guerrillas, who have been waging a decades old war against the state, even as the indigenous tribals live without any access to mainland amenities. Conducting 'free and fair' elections in a minefield like this is no child's play, as Newton learns over the course of this eventful day. Unfazed with the cynicism and danger all around him, Newton is determined to do his duty. But, as they say in the jungle, 'The more things change, the worse they will get'. Written by Drishyam Films

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Electoral Rumble in the jungle.

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Drama

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Country:

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Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Ньютон See more »

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Drishyam Films See more »
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It was a box office success, and is regarded as one of the most profitable films of 2017. See more »

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When Malko ( Anjali Patil ) along with other staff members goes out for lunch she stops and talks with Newton ( RajKumar Rao ) in the background is seen makeshift voting Booth with "small round shaped pattern of light" in the very next shot with Newton and Loknath ( Raghuvir Yadav ) it's gone. See more »

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Aatma Singh: What is 2 plus 2 divided by 2?
Newton Kumar: Two?
Aatma Singh: Three. You talk of rules, and forget the basic one: division comes before addition.
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References Saajan Chale Sasural (1996) See more »

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Newton is one of the best political satires I had seen from Indian Cinema.A Must Watch..
13 December 2017 | by shobanchittuproluSee all my reviews

Newton (2017): Most of the people are unaware of a film named Newton until it was selected as an official entry to 90th Academy Awards from India.This low-profile film has attracted audience after its Oscar-entry buzz and even the reviews are highly positive.Starring Rajkumar Rao (2017's surprise star of Bollywood) and limited cast,Newton is directed by Amit Masurkar,who earlier directed Sulemani Keeda.SO how is Newton?

Plot:

Nutan Kumar alias Newton (Raj Kumar Rao),a government clerk on election duty in the conflict ridden jungle of Central India tries his best to conduct free and fair voting despite the apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

My Review: Newton is one such message-oriented film which will equally impress both art and commercial audience alike.It is brilliantly funny poignant film which every Indian must watch.

"Do you know what your problem is?" a veteran election instructor asks a newbie.

The youngster replies: "My honesty?"

"No," says the older gentleman, "your problem is your pride in your honesty."

This conversation between Rajkumar Rao and Sanjay Mishra is one of the best scenes I have seen this year.In the same scene,Sanjay Mishra compares Newton's view is similar to Isaac Newton's view.Director masterfully wrote such strong scenes in the beginning of the movie which really created strong impact throughout the movie and even after coming out after watching it.

Writer-director Amit Masurkar and Mayank Tewari have painfully captured the bittersweet essence of the people of an obscure jungle that's far-flung from civilization.Masurkar razes multiple Hindi film clichés to the ground in Newton by resorting to low-key black comedy to tell a tale of Adivasis being pulled in different directions by the police and Naxalites on election day, by making an Adivasi - that too a woman - one of the agents of change in the film, and by conceiving Newton as a man of indeterminate caste, even if clearly not an Adivasi himself.

Newton is a dark comedy that gives you equal measures of dread and disillusionment and hope and hilarity. It makes you see the pitfalls of the democratic system but also tells you that it's the only one capable of positive change. This is reality at its finest, with credible performances and backdrops that immerse viewers into the world and where even the faces of the background characters leave a heartbreaking impression. The script is full of humorous touches and intricate visual details.

Once again Rajkumar Rao proved that he is the upcoming gem of Bollywood.He gave a powerful innocent performance with perfection.Pankaj Tripathi is the show-stealer with his career best performance.Rest of the cast also impressed a lot with their natural acting skills.

So,Newton is one of the best political satires I had seen from Indian Cinema.A Must Watch..

My Rating 8/10


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