Amit Masurkar's Newton, which released on Friday is India's official entry to the Oscars 2018. The news was shared by the film's leading man Rajkummar Rao on Twitter. The actor tweeted, “Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India's official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team.
The film is produced by Manish Mundra of Drishyam Films, the company best known for backing critically-acclaimed projects such as Masaan and Umrika. Newton revolves around a young government clerk who is sent on election duty to a Maoist-controlled town and how the ideological struggle puts him in an awkward situation.
Amit Masurkar in a statement said, “It's a great honour for us to represent India at the Oscars. We hope this film will bring attention to the need to strengthen democracy at our country. The film is in the theatres at the moment and this announcement will help us reach out to a larger audience.”
The film, which is being presented by filmmaker Aanand L Rai has made it to several international film festivals. Soon after the news was out, he tweeted, “While typing this tweet I feel so emotional. YES #NEWTON is India's official entry to OSCARS this year. So proud @Amit_Masurkar @RajkummarRao.”
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta, who is a good friend of Rajkummar and has collaborated with him for films like Shahid, CityLight, Aligarh and their upcoming film Omerta, took to Twitter to express his happiness and said that Newton is the best choice. “Newton' is India's entry to the Oscars. The best choice in years by the federation,” the filmmaker tweeted.
He added, “If films like A Separation and Children of Heaven made it to the Oscar nominations so can 'Newton'. It is our best shot. Manish Mundra go for it!.”