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Newton: All you need to know about this Bollywood movie

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Amit V. Masurkar co-wrote and helmed Newton, a 2017 Bollywood Hindi-language black comedy-drama movie. Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, alongside Raghubir Yadav appear in the movie. Manish Mundra’s Drishyam Films, which is best known again for the 2015 movie Masaan, produced the movie, but it’s Amit Masurkar’s second feature following Sulemani Keeda in 2013.

Newton made its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum segment. The movie won widespread praise, earning eight nominations just at 63rd Filmfare Awards, namely Best Movie (Critics), Best Actor (Critics), and Best Supporting Actor (Critics) for Rao and Best Supporting Actor (Critics) for Tripathi, as well as Best Film as well as Filmfare Award for Best Story. The Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Actor went to Rao, as well as the award for Best Screenplay went to the authors. Newton has won the National Film Award for Best Hindi Feature Film. At the 65th National Film Awards, Pankaj Tripathi received a special mention. The movie was chosen as India’s submission again for the 90th Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

If voters don’t really show up again for election, he is dissatisfied. When one foreign reporter arrives just at the polling booth, the CRPF forces the locals inside the constituency to show up and vote. If one of these approaches the voting station, the voting machine, as well as its functioning, perplexes him.

Newton quickly learns after speaking with the crowd that they will have no understanding of just what the election is all about. Some expected to make money from it, whereas others worried that they will not be adequately compensated for their efforts.

He does everything he can to teach them, but it’s futile. A furious Aatma Singh takes the lead, pushing Newton aside and humiliating the villagers by reminding them that these officers had sacrificed their lives for their votes, therefore they must not be sent away. He explains that now the voting machine is indeed a toy with representations of elephants, cycles, as well as other animals, and also that kids may push whichever symbol they choose. As a result, the foreign reporter receives a nice news storey about India’s democracy as people vote on their favourite symbol rather than people they’ve never heard about.

Newton takes Aatma Singh’s weapon and holds the officer at gunpoint until the people cast their votes, taking his responsibility extremely seriously. Singh expresses his displeasure by stating that he did not want polling to take place in a region that had only been secured by government forces six months prior and that there are still more landmines than local men. He informs Newton because he does not need to lose any further troops, particularly because the government has been unable to give them access to night vision goggles for almost two years. After the voting, Newton holds him at gunpoint again for two remaining minutes of his official duty. From out frustration, the CRPF men beat him severely.

The film ends with a view of the region six months later, which shows ongoing mining operations. Aatma Singh is seen shopping alongside his wife and kids in civilian clothing over the holidays, implying that he really is compassionate and that the realities in Naxal-affected regions have rendered him cold and cynical. Newton is depicted at his office, wearing a neck brace as a result of his beating, but otherwise pleased and going about his business as usual. He is approached by Malko (Anjali Patil), the council election official, who inquires about what transpired after she left since she is ignorant of the happenings. Newton requests that she tell them everything over tea, but only after five minutes after Newton’s planned lunch break starts.

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