Genre – Black Comedy
Producer – Drishyam Films, Eros International.
Director – Amit Mansurkar
This movie is India’s official entry for the Oscars.
An eccentric young man Newton (Rajkumar Rao), an MSc from Bhopal, is honest to a fault, and stickler for discipline. Newton when asked, says he was named Nutan but chose to change his name as he was sick of the feminine sound.
Newton volunteers as an election officer and is sent to a naxalite infested area deep into the forests of Dandakaranya in Chhattisgarh. Only one of a team of three, to manage an election booth, Newton is committed to hold a free and fair election. The movie is a dark comedy about the world’s largest democracy, holding elections every five years, the chalta hai attitude of the government, police force.
Simple folks are only concerned with their land, their identity, their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, but are forced every 5 years to vote in front of an EVM machine. They have no idea what to do with it, or who they are voting for, the process of democracy. They know no republic, no Parliament.
The movie portrays the true, real, sad and sorry state of this vast country that is India, its far flung and forgotten tribal and rural areas. It questions our elections where voters do not even care – they are untouched by government or by any kind of development.
It is a sad story, tribals who are pulled out of their homes by the security forces, and are forced to vote even though they may suffer at the hands of naxalites. The movie questions the entire farce of free and fair elections.
Newton is a must watch for every one, it enlightens you to the reality behind the tragedy of naxalism and terrorism.
All the actors give in a solid performance Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubeer Yadav, Anjali Patil, are all superb in their characters
It is slow and tardy in places.
A brilliant movie every young Indian should watch.
My Rating – 4 of 5 Stars