Rajkummar Rao’s Newton will be the official entry for Oscars 2018 from India.
The announcement was made by lead actor Rajkummar Rao on his official Twitter handle today. He tweeted ““Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team”.
The Amit Masurkar movie, starring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil, tells the story of polling officer Newton Kumar, who is bent on conducting free and fair elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh. “Newton” is Masurkar’s second directorial venture after the 2014 indie “Sulemani Keeda”.
“There is a feeling of unbounded happiness,” said Tripathi. “I was cooking when I got the news. We are all still absorbing the overwhelming high praise from the critics and now this. It is a victory for talent and for independent cinema.”
Sunil Lulla, managing director of Eros International Media Ltd, tweeted: “It gives us immense pleasure to announce that our film #Newton is selected as India’s official entry to Oscars 2018! We at Eros are extremely proud, Newton is totally deserving of this huge honour. We will continue to back good cinema as always”.
Director Masurkar said it was a double celebration for the team. “We are really happy. The fact that the film is releasing today doubles the happiness. We hope that people will now really head to the cinema halls to watch the film,” he told PTI.
In her review of the Rajkummar Rao film, Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta had said, “Director Amit V Masurkar and co- scriptwriter Mayank Tewari have crafted a strong black comedy. It is as sharp and subversive as the classic ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’, and even though it is entirely sobering, it leaves us feeling just a little better about ourselves.”
Meanwhile, the film is also winning Bollywood hearts on Twitter. Actor Amitabh Bachchan was one of the first to laud the film.
Thanking Mr. Bachchan for his message, Rao tweeted
The Oscars will be held on March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.