Newton, starring Rajkummar Rao and directed by Amit Masurkar, has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars.
The Economic Times said that the Film Federation of India announced the news, even as Rajkummar tweeted:
— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) September 22, 2017
Also starring Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav, and others, the film tells the story of a government employee in a conflict-ridden part of the country. The film was released only today, and has already found some support.
T 2554 – Saw the film ‘NEWTON’ .. its stark reality was a treat to watch ! An eye opener .. on many aspects .. !! pic.twitter.com/zyeuDUPxiz
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 21, 2017
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 22, 2017
Newton premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, and won the prestigious Art Cinema Federation prize there.