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'Newton' touches human emotions with humour

Rajkummar Rao in 'Newton'

What is it to be an idealistic youth in a cynical, pragmatic world? 'Newton', a black comedy written and directed by Amit V Masurkar, attempts to answer this question.

The story revolves around a rookie government clerk, who is assigned the task of conducting elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh, where the fear of Naxalite attack rides high. The director says that it is the stark difference between the preamble of our Constitution and reality that prompted him to pen the movie, whose trailer launches today.

National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao, who essays the title role, says, "Shooting for Newton has been one of the most enlightening experiences in my career. I'm going to cherish it for life. I am proud and honoured to be a part of this film." The cast also includes Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil and Raghubir Yadav.

The movie has premiered at a number of international film festivals — Berlinale2017, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival among others — and received good reviews.

Producer Manish Mundra says, "We are excited to finally bring this film to the Indian audiences. As we celebrate 70 years of Independence, I hope people see this movie and celebrate Indian democracy." In a bid to retain authenticity, Amit has cast asli tribals in the film as well.

Aanand L Rai, who is also one of the producers, adds, "I was really impressed by the maturity and dexterity with which Amit has handled such a sensitive subject. The film uses comedy to bring out some of the deepest human emotions and thoughts that question our innate being. It talks about change and being a part of it in a thought-provoking yet entertaining manner. Wrapped in humour, this one will definitely leave the audience with a chuckle."

'Newton' , presented by Eros International and Aanand L. Rai, a DrishyamProduction in association with Colour Yellow Productions, releases on September 22.


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