Mumbai: National award winner Rajkummar Rao’s latest release, ‘Newton,’ is India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category in the Oscars, the Film Federation of India has announced.
Newton is a political satire on the foibles of democracy that revolves around a young government clerk who is sent on election duty to a town controlled by Maoists; the ensuing ideological struggle puts him in an awkward situation. ‘‘It was unanimously chosen from 26 entries this year,” FFI secretary general Supran Sen told a wire agency.
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An excited Rajkummar took to twitter to announce the news and congratulated the team. But the bubbly will have to wait, the actor is still savouring the moment and is yet to plan his Oscar night. “It is too early, we just got the news and we all have to meet and plan how to move ahead as this is just the first step, there is still a long way to go. I am very happy and excited that it will compete at the Oscars. The list just opened today and we are already getting such an amazing response from the critics,” said Rao.
The movie, which was released commercially across the country on Friday, is Amit Masurkar’s second directorial venture and features Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav, Anjali Patil and Sanjay Mishra. For Rao, who has been enjoying a great run this year, the news was the proverbial “cherry on the cake”.
When asked if they had expected to be nominated, the ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ actor said, “None of us actually thought about this. We are just very proud of the film and the nomination has come as a happy surprise. Newton is very unique story, it talks about something very relevant. It is a very Indian film in nature and though it has a global appeal, people in India can connect to its characters and showcasing of reality.”