Amit Masurkar's political drama 'Newton' starring Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil in the lead roles already had its world premiere at the 67th Berlin Film Festival that took place in Feb 2017. The film won the International Federation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) award in its Forum segment. It also won the Best film award at the Hong Kong International Film festival 2017. Moreover, Newton got officially selected in the Tribeca International Festival 2017 and went conquering the world of cinema by capturing 7 nominations so far in various International film festivals across the globe.
The plot revolves around one of the tribal places of India holding elections under Maoists influence. However, being one of the largest democracy in the world with 800 million voters there are some places that still lacks the freedom of elections due to illiteracy and circumstances that are completely out of control. The film is a flawless masterpiece as it conveys such a sensitive topic with an intriguing and sober sense of humour.
Amit Masurkar unleashed a real-life innocent character Newton played by Rajkummar Rao who is an honest punctual stubborn guy who can do every right thing to function a smooth running social system. He is a sincere office clerk who volunteers himself for the elections staff. Newton is absolutely obedient with his truthful approach for the welfare of his nation. He clearly seizes the opportunity to prove his worth to the system and proceeds at the dangerous polling booth along with his staff, which has commando troops lined up as their bodyguards. Rajkummar's performance did justice to the character of Newton as the character was appropriate and showed extreme sincerity along with his stubborn nature to accomplish his duty as a citizen.
The rest of the cast did justice to every character they played on-screen right away from Pankaj Tripathi who plays the presiding commando officer Aatma Singh warning and protecting the staff members to be alert from the terror of the Naxalites. Anjali Patil who is a local residing activist can speak the tribal language of the remote Adivasi areas and proves to be truly helpful in communicating with the local villagers. Last but not the least is the entertainer of the film Raghuvir Yadav who plays Loknath a lazy government employee suffering from diabetes, totally nurtures the movie with the logical sense of humour.
Cinematography by Swapnil Sonawane was simply elegant as it captured some outstanding human emotions of the tribal people who finally exercise their right to vote.
The dialogues of the film are so real and relatable with sheer emotions depicting a side that nobody knows, the places that media never reaches. "Yeh bandook dekh rahe hai, kitna bhaari hai na ? yeh desh ka bhaar hai hamarey kandho mein" this magical dialogue said by Pankaj Tripathi was so natural that it empathizes the million of soldiers out there.
Amit V. Masurkar discovers a sensitive topic and makes the modern people familiar about the unheard political problems, raising doubts and questions in everyone's mind through this unusual topic.