Newton
Swiss Premiere

Newton

by Amit V Masurkar

Country / Year
India / 2017
Duration
104 Min.
Languages
Hindi
Subtitles
EnglishEnglish
Genre
Tragicomedy
Tags
Humour
Politics
Direction
Amit V Masurkar
Cast
Rajkummar Rao,
Anjali Patil,
Pankaj Tripathi,
Raghubir Yadav

As the world’s largest democracy once again prepares for a general election, civil service newcomer Newton is given the task of ensuring the election is properly carried out in a remote village in the central Indian jungle. What appears to be a matter of routine soon turns out to be a herculean task in the face of disinterested potential voters and Maoist resistance fighters. Newton, however, remains true to his official principles and when a foreign election monitor arrives, things change in his favour – for now. Amit V Masurkar uses a subtle dark humour to question how far one can go in defending the fundamental values of democracy. Rajkummar Rao, a rising star in the Indian film scene, is perfectly cast as the stubborn yet equally caring civil servant Newton.

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