Political satire ‘Newton’, directed by Amit Masurkar and starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, will be India’s official entry at Oscars next year, a statement by the Film Federation of India said. The film is about how it is impossible to follow the norms.
The Hindi film was the unanimous choice of FFI’s selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy. The film revolves around an honest election officer’s attempt to conduct a free and fair poll in a conflict-hit area of Chhatisgarh. Other star cast of the film include Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil. ‘Newton’ is Masurkar’s second directorial venture after the 2014 indie ‘Sulemani Keeda’.
An eminent 14-member jury, constituted by Film Federation of India, comprising an eclectic mix of film professionals, from various crafts and languages under the chairmanship of noted film personality CV Reddy selected the film ‘Newton’ to represent the country in the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film Category.
The jury saw a wide range of films, numbering 26, that had entered from various Indian languages before deliberating long and hard to reach a decision by consensus.