Newton has been selected as Indian’s official entry to the Oscars, star Rajkummar Rao has tweeted. Newton was released in theatres on Friday.
“Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team,” Rajkummar wrote.
Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team.
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) September 22, 2017
According to the Hindustan Times review, “Newton is one of the finest political satires we have seen in the last couple of years. It refrains from taking sides and offers a humorous take on state versus the Maoists bloody battle.”
The film is based on a government servant’s adventures in a Naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhatisgarh.
Newton is directed by Amit V Masurkar and also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav and Sanjay Mishra in a cameo appearance. The film is distributed by Drishyam Films.
Watch the Newton trailer here
India’s last ten Oscar submissions are Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007), Taare Zameen Par (2008), Harishchandra’s Factory (2009), Peepli Live (2010), Abu, Son of Adam (2011), Barfi! (2012), The Good Road (2013), Liar’s Dice (2014), Court (2015), and Interrogation (2016). Only three Indian films – Mother India (1957), Salaam Bombay! (1988) and Lagaan (2001) – have been nominated for Best Foreign Language film.
The 90th Academy Awards, presented by Jimmy Kimmel, will take place on March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.