Rajkummar Rao starrer Newton has been selected as India’s official entry for Oscars this year. The dark comedy which is based on the Indian electoral circus had released today. The news was confirmed by Rajkummar Rao who took to Twitter and expressed his joy over the nomination. “Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team,” he wrote. Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film revolves around a government clerk who tries his best to conduct free and fair voting in a town that is controlled by Naxals. The movie also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav, Anjali Patil, Danish Hussain and Sanjay Mishra.
Rajkummar Rao while talking to Indian Express said, “I am elated and super thrilled. The kind of response we are getting for the film in India is so good and now, an Oscar submission, it’s huge. I am very happy to represent India at Oscars. I hope the film makes it to the final list. But right now, I am very happy because we made the movie with a lot of passion, sincerity and honesty, and people are recognising that sincerity.”
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) September 22, 2017
Also, the film’s presenter Anand L Rai while talking about Newton being nominated for Oscars said, “I am really happy. The moment I watched the film, I wanted to be a part of it. And this is just great! I am lucky that I am a part of this film. Amit is a fabulous director and Rajkummar is a great actor. They deserve every bit of this success,” added the report.
This year’s Oscars will be held in Los Angeles on March 4, 2018. It will compete in the Best Foreign Film category along side Sweden’s The Square, Germany’s In The Fade. Cambodia’s First They Killed My Father and Pakistan’s Saavan.