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22 Sep, 2017
1 hrs 47 mins
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Newton Kumar, a rookie government clerk is sent on an election duty in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, which is under the control of the naxals. Faced with the danger of the looming guerilla attacks by the communist rebels, despite the odds stacked against him, Newton Kumar tries his best to conduct a fair voting process in the region.
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Verdict: Rao steals the show in this black comedy. Starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, Newton premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in February, earlier this year. The film received rave reviews and now we know why. Newton doesn't get too heavy or boring and instead of overdramatizing the script, director Amit []... ...Read full review
In terms of entertainment value, `Newton` takes on a completely unremarkable subject. After all, why would anyone want to watch a film on election woes in a remote jungle surrounded by Naxalites? ...Read full review
Every five years in India comes a day when the populace votes in a new polity, but the process is almost never straight-forward or simple: Newton could also, just as easily, have been called A Day In The Life Of The Worlds Largest, Most Complex Democracy. Or, The Great Indian Electoral Circus. ...Read full review
When Nutan Kumar, son of a middle class family in Chattisgarh, decides to change his name to Newton to avoid getting laughed at, he doesnt know where it will lead him. After a few years, when he is a government clerk and is sent to conduct a free and fair election in the Maoist-hit Dandakaranya region, he realises the significance of Newtons discovery of the gravitational force. ...Read full review
The infectious verve of a stand-up comic meets the acerbic acuity of a political satirist in Newton, Amit V Masurkar`s second directorial outing. This film is a gem whose sparkle isn`t superficial. Its glow emanates from the depths of its insight. Newton journeys to a terrain - physical and thematic - that Hindi cinema has seldom probed and tackles prickly issues in an impressively even-toned manner. ...Read full review
The elderly character played by Sanjay Mishra does not appear in the film beyond this conversation he has with the protagonist, but his words put in a nutshell the premise of Newton. ...Read full review
Some films are as important to the world as an apple falling on the head of Sir Isaac Newton. Whether its their gravity or gravitas, these films are a sheer joy to behold. Amit V Masurkars Newton, is a film about the most ordinary man living out the most extraordinary experience in the most commonplace of Indian locales. The sheer brilliance here comes from the fact that Masurkar and his co-writer Mayank Tewari pack-in so much detail. ...Read full review
After giving some really good performances earlier this year, Rajkummar Rao returns with Newton, another formidable effort to showcase that he is an acting force to reckon with. Newton is directed by Amit Masurkar (Suleimaani Keeda), and is co-produced by Aanand L Rai, who had a winner in Shubh Mangal Saavdhan last month. ...Read full review
Nutan Kumar, struggling with his name changes to Newton hes the replica of how a perfect man should be. Honestly, punctuality, work-is-worship are few of his primary traits. The film is set in Konar, Chhattisgarh which is affected my Maoists & Naxalites. When a polling officer denies going for voting in that area, Nutan Kumar aka Newton (Rajkummar Rao) is appointed as a presiding officer to fulfill his duties. ...Read full review
This film`s story (by Amit Masurkar; screenplay co-written with Mayank Tewari) has the germ of an idea that should make you rethink the notion that Indians have been gloating over for years-the fact that we`re a liberal democracy. So what if we aren`t quite the heavyweight GDP champions of the world-we can still vote in, and vote out, our governments. This apparently means we`re miles ahead of the neighbouring giant China. Sure. ...Read full review
In Amit V Masurkars film, there is as much happening during the silences as is happening between the conversations. Newton is a plain film, yet crisp and entertaining to the extent it raises important questions without sounding preachy or being too melodramatic. ...Read full review
Amit Masurkar, the young writer-director, seems to be suggesting something original, but also depressing: That an idealist in today`s world does not risk death or persecution as much as he risks being classified as a `bore`. ...Read full review
Its a sharp black comedy about a young man named Nutan Kumar aka Newton, an upright election officer played by Rajkummar Rao, whos packed off to the jungles of Chhattisgarh to conduct polls for the 76 eligible voters in that troubled region. ...Read full review